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6 dope new hip-hop artists. Who do you want to see LIVE at #A3C19?

The Blog Team
Posted by The Blog Team on Jun 3

We've been breaking artists since '05, and are always looking for the best up-and-coming MCs to showcase at A3C Festival & Conference. We listen to hundreds of hip-hop artists each week looking for talented indie artists from around the world. 


Every Monday we select 6 of our favorite MCs and ask the hip-hop community to vote for their favorite. The top 2 vote-getting artists are invited to perform at 2018 A3C Festival & Conference.

Voting starts today and ends on Friday at 11pm EST. You can vote once a day.

If you are an artist and would like an opportunity to perform at the 2019 A3C Festival & Conference, you can submit today. Over 5,000 artists have performed on our stages including: A$AP Rocky, Action Bronson, J.I.D, Lil Pump, Danny Brown, G-Eazy, J.Cole, Lil Uzi Vert, Schoolboy Q, Ty Dolla $ign, Dave East, Vince Staples, 21 Savage, Rich The Kid, Wiz Khalifa, Rapsody, Young Thug and thousands more.

Artist & Speaker Submissions

We review hundreds of artists each week (submission info) and pick 6 of our favorite artists... but we want the final decision to up to the fans.  Come back each Monday and discover 6 dope underground hip-hop artists from across the world.

You can vote for your favorite artist every day. The two artists with the most votes will be invited to perform at #A3C19 in Atlanta! Voting ends on Friday at 11pm EST.  

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Get to know this week’s 6 New artists and vote for your favorite:


  • C.R.O.W.N - Daytona Beach, FL
  • Hickman L.A. - Los Angeles, CA

  • Mourainé - Edmonton, Canada
  • Lester London - Philadelphia, PA
  • Rise Rashid - Raleigh, NC

  • She Real- New York City, NY 


C.R.O.W.N - (@whoiscrown)

There’s nothing ordinary about C.R.O.W.N.The Florida native has a sound that’s unique to his own. It’s confident and charismatic, effortlessly lacing together mainstream music with what is often defined as “socially conscious” lyricism that enables him to command the respect of both underground and mainstream circles alike.

Click HERE to vote!


Hickman L.A.- (@hickmanla)


Hickman L.A. is a Los Angeles born MC, influenced by the depths of Tupac's lyrics and the consciousness/imagery of Lupe Fiasco. After meeting Lupe in 9th grade and hearing Lupe (Hickman's favorite rapper) tell him that he was going to be creating Hip Hop after Lupe retires was all the drive Hickman L.A. needed to take his craft seriously. He has stayed true to his insightful lyrics about his community, society and how he can use his words to heal the wounds of his people. At the same time, he uses the competitiveness, hunger, and fearlessness that he learned from Tupac to craft witty metaphors and bars (combined with a love for flow) that proves he can hold his own with the best of wordsmiths. At Tuskegee University, he built a following and released his first solo mixtape, Just A Start: Reconstruction, which received high praise from both peers and hip hop heads alike.

HERE to vote!


Mourainé- (@mouraine)

Edmonton Music Awards nominee & Telus Story-hive $10,000 grant award recipient “Mouraine is an Artist who wears his honesty on his shoulders”- HipHopCanada(dot)com. Although still young in age the Alberta bred MC has built a name and established himself as one of Canada’s most promising upcoming artists. He’s done that through his energetic performances and witty lyrics, Plus the love and skill for his craft has helped him win over his peers and fans alike. No wonder why he was selected to play at Red Bull’s RedMonday exclusive party.

 Click HERE to vote!


Lester London- (@lesterlondon)

Lester London is an undeniably capable lyricist from Philadelphia, PA with a passion and respect for Hip Hop culture. He seems to harness them effortlessly in his lyrics, which are thoughtful, vulnerable, yet confident and boisterous, with just a hint of playfulness. Lester creates all his original material. Some being high energy, perfect for performance, and sometimes relaxed. His productions are much more than just beats. His music has earned him the attention of recording artist Busta Rhymes – who offered praise – and a recording/production contract with Grammy award-winning music producer Jerry ‘Wonda' Duplessis in 2011.



Click HERE to vote!


Rise Rashid - (@riserashid)

Rise Rashid, the multi talented Rapper/Author/Actor/..etc has been recording music since the age of 13. He started to be come well known in Central Virginia when he began hosting his own radio show on WNRN Charlottesville.

Rise link up with DJ Illustrious, who also worked for WNRN, in 2006 and began working on Rise's 'A Mic & A Dream" album. Along with The Culphonics, a production team also from Central Virginia, "A Mic & A Dream" became independently successful.



Click HERE to vote!


She Real (@shereal)

Since 2012, She Real has been performing and consistently putting out original music. On Jan 9, 2019 She Real dropped her seventh mixtape entitled "Standing On My Word". Continuously working; she has been featured on BET Jams:Versed, Sway in the Morning (on three separate occasions), and as an opening act on the Joyner Lucas "I'm Kind Of A Big Deal Tour". She’s also made appearances in Hip Hop Weekly, XXL, Thisis50, Respect Magazine, Its Bizkit, That’s Enuff and Mechanical Dummy. Notably, She Real has collaborated with Loaded Lux, Fred the Godson, Chris Rivers, Babs Bunny and Dylan; who were both apart of P. Diddy’s Making Da Band. With that, She Real has established herself amongst New York underground Hip Hop heavyweights.



Click HERE to vote!


A3C is a music, tech & culture festival and conference with over 30,000 attendees. Founded in 2005, A3C has grown from a local hip-hop showcase to become one of the most important events of the year. We connect, educate and inspire the artists, entrepreneurs and creatives that shape culture.

The A3C Festival (Oct 8-13) is a series of unforgettable concerts and experiences celebrating hip-hop's past, present and future at premier venues across Atlanta. The events highlight different elements of hip-hop culture and feature hundreds of artists, producers, DJs and creatives from around the world. Venues and schedule of events to be announced.

The A3C Conference (Oct 10-12) includes keynotes, panels, workshops, mixers and sessions featuring hundreds of innovators and thought-leaders.

Conference Tracks: Music, Tech, Social Justice, Film/TV, Marketing, Branding, Podcast, Content Creators, Style, Gaming and more.

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