This year, Nas is looking to have the summer on smash. After announcing his forthcoming tour with Lauryn Hill, the legendary MC will be headed to Atlanta on Oct. 8 to headline the 13th annual A3C Festival.
Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah and mega-producer Just Blaze are penciled in as his fellow headliners. Aside from having hip-hop’s marquee legends in the building, several newcomers will be in attendance to showcase their prowess on stage as well. Atlantic Records signee Joyner Lucas, SABA, Kirk Knight and Jay IDK will join the festivities and perform at the Georgia Freight Depot.
“In January we polled hundreds of past A3C attendees and asked them who they wanted to see perform at A3C Festival this year. Nas was the decisive favorite,” says A3C Partner and Director Mike Walbert in a statement sent to Billboard. “We produce A3C for the community so it’s exciting to be able to give our family what they want. Nas is one of best MCs of all time, and his impact on hip-hop is unmeasurable. Nas done so much more than release music. He has become a notable figure in academia, technology and the investment community. The hip-hop world patiently awaits an album this year, and I for one couldn’t be more excited.”
The 13th annual A3C Festival and Conference will take place Oct. 4 – 8. The conference will kick off the festivities, aiming to educate and empower those who help shape different facets of the hip-hop culture. The hip-hop festival will then take place Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 in downtown Atlanta.
“I’m beyond excited for A3C Festival & Conference 2017. I’m always eager to work alongside an amazing team in order to book incredible talent and tell different stories every year,” adds A3C Festival Program Director Yusef Muhammad. “This year we’ve got the legendary emcee, Nas and Ghostface Killah, and yet we can still provide a platform for up-and-coming talent like SABA, Joyner Lucas, Jay IDK and Kirk Knight. You can always count on A3C to experience the overall versatility of what the genre and culture has become.”