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Atlanta is abuzz this weekend with the booming AC3 Hip-Hop Festival. The fest brings out some of the most eclectic artists from across the country to showcase their talent in producing, rhyming and battling. Hallmarked in Atlanta, this year the event is taking over the East Atlanta Village. The two day, three night fest incorporates live performances from some of Hip Hop’s most elite artists, in the past featuring the likes of Wale, Little Brother, The Juice Crew, Biz Markie and The Clipse. There are live performances during the day as well as break dancing, fashion, film and Hip-Hop panels. The 2008 fest brought together over 9,000 people and featured events sponsored by MySpace, Red Bull, Scion, URB, Pabst Blue Ribbon, New Era and Stanton.

The AC3 Festival kicked off Thursday and runs till late Saturday, October 3. According to AC3Festival.com the events are as follows:

Friday, Oct. 2: Duck Down Record Showcase at the Ice House, Women in Hip Hop at My Sisters Room, Interdependent Media & Mello Music Group at the Ice House, I Wear the Crown at the 529, Syntax & Embedded Showcase at the 529 and the Grammy U Panel & Mixer at the Graveyard. Artists performing on Friday include Kidz in the Hall, Bisc 1, Lee Harvey Oswald, Tiye Phoenix and Jake One amongst others.

Saturday, Oct. 3: The Release at the Ice House, Speakeasy Showcase at the 529, Savannah & Jacksonville Showcase at the 529, Tru Skool Daze at the Ice House, Afternoon Delight at the 529, ASCAP Producer Panel at the Graveyard, IndieHitMaker Panel at My Sisters Room and live mural painting at the Eastside Lounge. Saturday’s artists feature Rakim, Killer Mike, People Under the Stairs, Clan Destined, Vonnegut, Hollyweerd, Psyche Origami and many more.

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