Mornings out here come quick. Not sure if I’m just not fully adjusted to the time change or the fact that I’m staying up until 5 in the morning every night. Whatever the case may be the window filled room I’m staying in assures that the sun has me awake early enough to start the journey all over again.
For the final day of this A3C festival it was pretty much all about the Dirty Glove Bastard showcase happening at the 5 Spot but that wasn’t until later. First up was some writing and interview plotting. Me and Key! had something on the books, he told me to come by his house. I arrived to a nice apartment and he informed me it’s his grandma’s house and that she was coming down to unlock the door.
Key and a friend took a seat on the couch and turned on an episode of the new version of Scared Straight. Featuring an assortment of young kids Key provided commentary about what he saw in them and informed me of family members of his own that reside in DOC facilities. We smoked on the back porch and talked about Atlanta, music, goals the future and more. He played me some new work and told me he wasn’t feeling making beats at the moment.
A call from his newborn son’s mom resulted in an early end to the interview, but I’d just recieved a text from Starlito informing me that he wasn’t far from where I was in Buckhead. I found the restaurant, Houston’s, and walked in. A nice spot it reminded me of work back home. I found Star sitting in a booth with a young lady. After introductions I learned she was an old friend from Nashville. We talked for about forty five minutes covering much ground and only reinforcing my impressions from the previous day.
From here I got a call from POMZ informing me he and Fani were about to link up with Curtis Williams and drop off the care package from FUCT for the crew’s show that evening. We linked in time to catch iNDEED lacing live instruments over an assortment of tunes selected by Burn. Already behind schedule, Grande Marshall came on stage reppin Philly and thankfully was done in three songs. Next up was 2Deep, a guy whose mixtape I’d passed on but had begun to convince me he was worth peeping after seeing him lay down verses on two songs. Sadly his set did little to aid in that consideration.
iNDEED then took the stage, and after having watched them craft two songs yesterday as well as having their recently released album in constant rotation on the trip it was a set I was highly excited to catch. Burn, Pro, Ricky and Walt did not disappoint. They kept it funky and groovy all the while rapping, singing and dancing. Following their set they backed up an assortment of individuals who are known to work with them including KD and SL Jones.
Slick Pulla showed up with a squad of goons and took to the stage for a decent length set but seemed to pass the mic of to a number of said goons. With boredom sinking it I took the chance to meet SL Jones and get another drink. Burn was behind the tables and all of a sudden I heard the annoucement that Trouble was taking the stage. A name I’ve been following since his December 17th release last year it was a set I was looking forward too.
He opened with “Bussin” but only performed half of it. Thankfully he gave us one more song much to my shock it was only my favorite track by the guy – the intro jam off his most recent release 431 Days titled “Mob Shit.” I wasn’t mad at the lip rapping, I wasn’t mad at the one and a half songs. I gave him dap and he told me to get at him on twitter for an interview… here’s to seeing where that goes.
Starlito had told me earlier he had prepared to perform the Step Brothers music with his partner Don Trip but due to something that was never made clear Trip wasn’t coming to Atlanta this weekend and that had Lito bummed out. He told me he wasn’t much for “shows” and stated that he performs in “clubs.” The host of the night stepped on stage and introduced Lito under his older guise, All Star. The beat in the background was “WTF” and I just about spilt my drink all over myself jumping in excitement. As the song ended he shouted out Burn, Live Mixtapes, DGB and his brother Don Trip before saying peace. Like Trouble’s brief appearance I couldn’t even be mad.
It was now time for Scotty to rock. After my last trip out here I was excited to catch Scotty and see how he carried it live. Not being officially on the line up iNDEED wasn’t in the building in full force but Ricky got to the stage about halfway through the set and even showed off his chops on the keys, his ever present guitar around his chest missing. Scotty was live as fuck. He didn’t lip rap either, hitting his bars with passion and energy. It was the set I hoped to see him capable of delivering. Lord knows what he must be like with the band in full force.
At that point it was time for Devin the Dude there at the 5 Spot, I wasn’t interested in sticking around for the Houston legend. Julie and I departed to meet up with the rest of our posse. The other venue featuring a live line up was Star Bar around the corner and the line out the door shut down our hopes of catching Ab Soul. We hung around outside for awhile, watched Trinidad James run around the parking lot and then found some cold beer to drink with the Two9 gang at Lil 5 Pizza.
They were off to Obsession, a club in the East side we had heard mixed reviews about. Upon them hearing we didn’t have a car Fani and Curtis decided to inform us it might not be the best call to venture out. I investigated the potential for a zipcar but it wasn’t happening.
An experience for the next visit.