Backtracking with the Memphis Pimps @DAREAL_8Ball and @PimpTypeMJG at @A3C

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For a Memphian, perhaps the high point of the Pimp C Memorial Concert at A3C was the appearance of Eightball & MJG, one of Memphis’ original rap acts, and one that is still among the city’s best-known and admired. Appropriately, they performed their best-loved songs, including “Pimps”, “Mr. Big” and “Lay It Down.” As Memphians who had relocated to Houston, Ball & MJG had crossed paths with Pimp C and Bun B early in their careers, and expressed their admiration for Pimp C during their performance in Atlanta on Saturday night.

Keep up with Eightball & MJG:
https://twitter.com/DAREAL_8ball
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Real-8Ball-and-MJG/265777743480805?sk=info
https://twitter.com/pimptypemjg
http://www.thereal8ballandmjg.com
https://myspace.com/8ballandmjg
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/mjg/id358785
https://www.facebook.com/8BallanfMJG

T-Mo Goodie Performing at the Main Stage of @A3C @2thefullest3002

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While most of the artists chosen to perform on the Pimp C Memorial Concert were from Texas, a few were from other areas, including T-Mo Goodie of the Goodie Mob. T-Mo has been working on solo material, and it was mostly these songs that he performed at A3C.

Keep up with T-Mo Goodie:
https://twitter.com/2thefullest3002
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/t-mo-goodie/id263345314
https://myspace.com/tmo2thefullest

Twista Recalling His Early Career at @A3C @TWISTAgmg

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Twista first came to prominence on the song “Po Pimp” by a Chicago duo called Do or Die, on the Houston-based Rap-A-Lot label, and the song had a decidedly Texas feel. Still, I had never thought of Twista as having been influenced by Pimp C, yet he said exactly that to the crowd at A3C during the Pimp C Memorial Concert. He also performed his verse from “Po Pimp” and another of his classic songs as the crowd cheered and chanted the lyrics with him.

Keep up with Twista:
http://twista.com
https://twitter.com/TWISTAgmg
https://www.facebook.com/Twista
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/twista/id745519
https://myspace.com/twista
http://instagram.com/twistagmg

Trae @TRAEABN Performing at the Pimp C Memorial Concert at @A3C

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Trae tha Truth remains one of Houston’s most beloved rappers, even after the local hip-hop station imposed a ban on his music. He is a perennial favorite at South By Southwest, and was warmly received by the A3C crowd as well.

Keep up with Trae tha Truth:
https://twitter.com/TRAEABN
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCakqwhv9V-7nzEXGQhckwEA
https://www.facebook.com/traeabn
https://myspace.com/traethatruth
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/trae-tha-truth/id260848039

Killa Kyleon Performing at the Pimp C Memorial Concert at @A3C @KillaKyleon

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Houston artist Killa Kyleon got his start as a member of Slim Thugg’s Boss Hogg Outlaws, but for the last several years has been making a name for himself as a solo artist, garnering a lot of attention with performances at South By Southwest in Austin. He is yet another younger Houston artist that shows the heavy influence of the classic Texas style instead of imitating music coming out of Atlanta or other cities. His inclusion on the Pimp C Memorial Concert line-up was very appropriate.

Keep up with Killa Kyleon:
https://twitter.com/KILLAKYLEON
http://killakyleonrunit.com/
http://instagram.com/killakyleon
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/killa-kyleon/id261912286
https://www.facebook.com/KillaKyleonRunIt
http://killakyleonrunit.tumblr.com/
http://amgmusic.bandcamp.com/
https://myspace.com/therealkillakyleon

Young Houston Rapper @Doughbeezy Opens the Pimp C Memorial Concert at @A3C

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Doughbeezy is a relative newcomer to the Houston rap scene, and only came to my attention a few years ago at South By Southwest in Austin. Yet, unlike a lot of young Houston artists these days, Doughbeezy exhibits a style heavily indebted to the classic Texas rap sound, and was a most appropriate artist to open the final main stage concert at A3C, a concert that was being held to honor the late Pimp C of UGK. Of course, he led the crowd in a rousing version of his anthem “I’m From Texas”.

Keep up with Doughbeezy:
https://twitter.com/Doughbeezy
http://instagram.com/doughbeezy
https://www.facebook.com/doughbeezy
http://doughbeezy.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxYRXIHMOWI24zoqGQN0RIA
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/doughbeezy/id528638315

Celebrating Memphis’ Playa Fly at @A3C @PLAYAFLYM3

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After dinner, I headed back over to the A3C main stage on the festival grounds for what was being billed as the Pimp C Memorial Concert, but I was amazed that before it started, the DJ pulled out a classic Memphis song by Playa Fly, “Getting’ It On”, and nearly everyone in the crowd around me knew the words. Fly really should have been on at least one of the showcases at A3C, as he is a legend.

Louisiana’s Young Roddy Performing at the @DuckDownMusic Bar-B-Que at @A3C @young_roddy

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Young Roddy was not a name I was familiar with, but he was announced as being from Louisiana, and I was told that he was associated with the New Orleans rapper Curren$y. I thought his performance on Saturday afternoon was decent, and Roddy has recently released a new mixtape called Legal Dealing.

Keep up with Young Roddy:
https://twitter.com/young_roddy
http://www.jet-life.com/young-roddy.htm
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Young-Roddy/129521100440365
https://myspace.com/kidroddy

Jarren Benton Performing at #DuckDownBarBQue at @A3C @DuckDownMusic @JarrenBenton

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Atlanta’s own Jarren Benton was the first artist to kick off the Duck Down Bar-B-Que at the A3C main stage in Atlanta on Saturday. Benton’s popularity has been growing greatly over the last several years.

Keep up with Jarren Benton:
https://twitter.com/JarrenBenton
https://www.facebook.com/JarrenBenton
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/jarren-benton/id414412140
http://myfunkvolume.com/artist/jarren-benton/

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http://instagram.com/jarrenbenton
http://jarrenbenton.tumblr.com
https://myspace.com/jarrenbenton/music/songs

Celebrating The Legacy of Black Moon, the Boot Camp Click and More at the @DuckDownMusic Bar-B-Que at @A3C @JarrenBenton @YoungRoddy @Smif-N-Wessun

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The Saturday afternoon event on A3C’s main stage was billed as the DuckDown Bar-B-Que, which provoked a fair amount of consternation, as there wasn’t any bar-b-que, only the usual food trucks. But it was sponsored by DuckDown Music, and was basically a concert, at which Jarren Benton, someone from Louisiana named Young Roddy, and Smif-N-Wessun performed. Jarren Benton I had seen before, a couple of years ago at SXSW, but I was far more impressed with him at this performance. He is quite lyrical and satirical, and at times is reminiscent of early Eminem. Young Roddy I was not at all familiar with (and I usually try to keep up with Louisiana artists), but I thought he was a decent performer. Obviously it was Smif-N-Wessun that most people came to hear, and when they started doing Black Moon material, I was especially thrilled, as I hadn’t expected that, and as Black Moon was one of my favorite rap groups and albums of all time. Hearing such gems as “Enter the Stage” and “Shit Is Real” made my day.