It is no secret that the Atlanta music scene has taken over the hip-hop industry with sounds from Future, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, Migos, and more. However, many instrumental voices helped pave the way for these new acts to have such a massive platform.
On Aug. 14, ONE Musicfest founder Jason Carter brought together some of Atlanta’s biggest hip-hop legends to celebrate the prominence of Southern-bred music and the upcoming ONE Music Fest at an inaugural “Greater Than ONE” conference at The Gathering Spot.
DJ Nabs, the East Side Boyz, Trillville and Kilo Ali joined Carter on stage for a panel discussion about the Atlanta sound. All will be performing for the “ATL Crunk Set” for the ONE Musicfest concert on Sept. 8-9 at Atlanta’s Central Park.
Along with the excitement of preparing for the festival, Carter said the Crunk set was the result of a similar set hosted at last year’s Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage.
“It had to be plugged into ONE Musicfest,” Carter explained. “The Godfather DJ Nabs was the puppet master behind putting it together. I said let’s get Nabs on the phone and figure this thing out. Nabs was down and said ‘This is something we have to do.’”
For the founder of an Atlanta music festival that is now in its eighth year, Carter said flatly that the Atlanta hip-hop sound is unique to anything else heard in hip-hop.
“It’s something special about Atlanta and its music, and these artists of what they’re doing in the city,” Carter said. “It’s hard to say if a 2 Chainz, Jeezy, or T.I. or Atlanta for that matter would be what it is without some of the folks that put their flags on the ground early.”
DJ Nabs said he was more than delighted to be apart of the festivities and that he wanted to create a hip-hop show like no other.
“Once the opportunity came to me, I thought about how to make the most amazing hip-hop show that you have ever seen,” said Nabs, who has been a part of the Atlanta music since the 1980s. “There’s a tone, a feel, a sonic that goes along with southern hip-hop and the show is going to be like something you’ve never seen before.”
Taking the stage to their hit record “Neva Eva” playing in the background, Don P and his Trillville bandmates shared why they introduced their brand of high energy music to the world of hip-hop.
“When we first started out, I heard a lot of other (regions’) music on the radio,” Don P explained. “Not to take away anything from New York and Cali because I love all that stuff. The reason we had so much energy and was so loud is that we had to yell and speak over everybody else, and outwork everybody else because like Andre 3000 said, ‘The South got something to say.’”
The Trillville trio is also gearing up for the release of their next album titled, “Dat Drip,” a project that will be released just two days before the festival.