Thursday, May 19, 2011

Gearing Up For The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

BHF 2011 headliner, Q-Tip

Canadian Rapper Shad
Yeah buddy, it's that time of year again. You know, when the Brooklyn Bodega rolls out their line-up for the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. O and I have attended the last few years, rain and shine. We've peeped some pretty dope live performances, enjoyed good food, drank and have met up with some fresh people.

BHF is where we met Lady Blogga for the first time in person after being cool for months online. BHF is where we met YC The Cynic, Dremur, Willie Green and many other dope NYC underground staples for the first time in person after posting much of their stuff on the site. BHF is where we met Jessica Estevez of for the first time after connecting online.
Eternia @ PAID DUES FESTIVAL by Ty Watkins

We're already looking forward to this year's event with its' headliner Q-Tip. But I'm also excited to check out Shad and Eternia, two Canadian artists who have been among my top 10 favorite music folks for over two years. I'm also excited about performances from NYC underground legend Homeboy Sandman and newcomer female emcee Nitty Scott. And they aren't even done announcing the line up, not to mention who Q-Tip may be bringing. I've already taken the time off from work. And word is a few other good people will be in town, including my boss over at I'm looking forward to building, networking and connecting with some good people again this year in Brooklyn. Are you down?
One of the hardest working members of the NYC underground Hip-Hop scene, Homeboy Sandman
The week-long Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival kicks off July 11 and culminates with the Family Day and Main Stage Performances on July 16. Throughout the week they'll be a salute to the DJs, the Brooklyn Bodega will have a recognition awards night, in addition to their education initiative and other events. I usually kick it for the tail end of the week. If you're in the city, you should make time. I mean, let's get together for drinks, they're on you. Ha!

In the meantime, look out for more updates as we approach the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival this year. Also, get out and support Show & Prove tonight, with some live performances from folks vying for their chance to perform in July on the main stage.

Stay tuned.

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