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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 10

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:


  • Jade Monet - Vancouver, BC
  • Marco XO - Orlando, FL 

  • Negüs Fresh - Detroit, MI
  • Slake Dransky - Los Angeles, CA
  • Taz tī koon - Hampton, VA

  • Vinnie Cassius- Salt Lake City, UT 


Jade Monet - (@jademonet)

An incredibly talented vocalist, her music can be described as “Sabrina Claudio meets Ariana Grande” and often draws comparisons to other R&B/Pop standouts such as Solange, SZA, Kehlani, Jhene Aiko, Jorja Smith and . She recently performed two showcases as part of Canadian Music Week and before that, as part of Westward Festival in Vancouver. Having worked diligently over the last year on her development, Jade Monet is finally preparing to introduce her new sound to the public in late June 2019

Click HERE to vote!



Marco XO- (@marcoxo)

Marco XO’s journey into music was kickstarted at the age of just 16 upon the release of his widely supported single ‘FLOWCAINE.’ Blessing his projects with a distinct storytelling style, Marco’s follow up release ‘Money Man’ and the 2015 EP Blue December scored similar success, catapulting the multifaceted musician into the spotlight.

ClickHERE to vote!

Negüs Fresh- (@negusfresh)

Hailing from the Motor City, home of Motown Records, Rising Detroit, Michigan rapper now residing in Atlanta, GA, Negüs Fresh dropped off his debut project ‘TTD: I Got Something To Say’ in 2017. Coming from a city built on Jazz and known for its signature sound “The Motown Sound” that moved the nation under Barry Gordy, on wax Negüs Fresh tells his story the way Smokey Robinson describes the sound as “not an audible sound. It’s spiritual, and it comes from the people that make it happen.” Fresh tells his life growing up in Detroit while utilizing the distinctive melodic and chord structures along with drums, bass instrumentation orchestrated by Alan Cash primarily and others on production. Negus Fresh is what Hip Hop Today should sound like.

 Click HERE to vote!

Slake Dransky- (@slakedransky)

Slake Dransky is a weird, happy dude. He exists where good vibes and critical thought meet. He's probably gonna dance at some point, and he'll lose his goddamn mind on stage if you'll join him.




Click HERE to vote!


Taz Tī koon- (@tazmaniashow)

Taz is a twenty-something entrepreneur known for her rockstar
personality and go-getter mentality. However, a few years ago she lost
friends to suicide and fell into a dark place. After being absorbed in
thoughts of death, while battling anxiety and depression, she was
forced to turn to art and therapy. This process resulted in a passion for
mental health and an EP titled, Mentally Ill. Today she's a full-time
entrepreneur as owner of the C.A.S. agency. Taz also instructs countless
speaking engagements advocating for suicide prevention, and mental
health awareness alongside the National Association of Mental Health
(NAMI). Her passion and zest for life is apparent through Taz's music
projects, available on all streaming platforms.




Click HERE to vote!


Vinnie Cassius (@vinniecassius)

The best artists are the ones who speak a language of transparency and truth. "spit it wif a little bit of passion, so i know that it's real" Rapper / poet vinniecassius speaks truth and passion in every lyric. The stylish generational artist has found his niche “mixing consciousness with ignorance” while making music that is both danceable and thought provoking.

vinniecassius (born Cassius Smith) is a unique talent. At 25 with influences such as Nas, Kanye West, Jay Electronic and The Roots, vinniecassius has developed a unique sound that has the potential to push mainstream rap/hip hop to the next level. But for vinnie, it is about more than just being a rapper.

“I believe in the power of the mind and in faith. I think it's important to exhaust every god giving talent that we have inside of us. I strongly believe in my vision, my mission, undeniable, so even if you don't feel it, you will”


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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