For performers, getting the chance to take the stage in front of thousands of people, gaining exposure, and making invaluable connections is a lifelong dream. For hip-hop artists, that dream likely also includes a chance to showcase their skills at the A3C Hip Hop Festival & Conference in Atlanta, GA.
Since 2004, the festival has showcased over 1,500 artists, ranging from living legends to on-the-rise newcomers over five days. Past performers include J. Cole, Action Bronson, Ghostface Killah, DJ Premier, B.o.B, 2 Chainz, and over 130 Sonicbids artists. This year, the event will take place from October 5 through October 9, and A3C is booking at least 50 Sonicbids artists to take the stage.
Through the #ThisIsMyYear social media campaign, two artists every week have been voted onto the stage, giving them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to introduce themselves to a throng of thousands at the biggest hip-hop event in the world.
Want your shot to join the veritable who's who of hip-hop elite? Take advantage of free submissions offered by A3C and Sonicbids before the price is raised to $50 on August 1, 2016.
Here are just seven of this year's winners of the #ThisIsMyYear campaign. Check out some of the social media tactics they used to help them gain votes and rise to the top!
1. Cam James
2. Marco Pavé
Sound: Project Pat meets KRS-One; spitting an urban country consciousness with a confidence that could only emerge from coming of age as a Muslim millennial in North Memphis
What was the most effective tactic you used to get enough social media support to win this contest? "For me, the most effective thing is to always engage people in real life and then have them do the work on social media. So I did a lot of traveling and showing around that time to get folks to support my movement."
Sound: A versatile rapper who pulls inspiration from older artists such as A Tribe Called Quest all the way up to the new rappers of today
Don't forget to take advantage of free A3C submissions through August 1, 2016!