After six days of non-stop events, activities, parties and just raw Brooklyn hip-hop awesomeness, the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival came to a close Saturday evening at the scenic Brooklyn Bridge Park on Furman Street. The Final Day Performance featured an MC competition and a line up of some of hip-hop’s rising stars. Although the festivities began at 3p.m., the main attraction busted (pun intended) onto to stage 40 minutes before the festival was scheduled to end. You know Busa Buss had to build the crowd’s anticipation and make his grand entrance. With time for a set less than an hour long, surprise appearances and hit songs from a rap career that span over 20 years…Busta Rhymes had to spit out a crowd pleasing show faster than his “Look at Me Now” verse.
Alongside his trusty sidekick Spliff Star, he opened up with “Pass the Courvoisier”, then snippets of, “Jump, Jump,” “What It Is,” and some tracks from albums like Anarchy that didn’t hit the radio airwaves, to test the real Busta fans that have been down with his since the Leaders of the New School days. Speaking of L.O.N.S…members Charlie Brown and Dinco D took the stage with Busta to perform their 90’s hit “Case of the P.T.A.” and then Tribe Called Quest (minus Ali Shaheed) came out to perform the collabo of both groups, “Scenario.” Happy to be in Brooklyn, he played the city anthem, “On my New York Ish” getting the whole crowd hyped. Guest appearances included Slick Rick decked out in his famous gold chain paraphernalia. Buckshot, Steel and Tek of the duo Smif-N-Wessun also came out to show some love. Busta talked about his appreciation of the art of hip-hop. “Lyrics, ni**a…some of us still appreciate them.”
Pack FM, a Brooklyn rapper who judged the MC competition has always been a fan of Busta’s stage presence. “Busta Rhymes is one of the illest live performers I have ever seen. He’s at the top of my list when it comes to live performers,” Pack said. “You gotta give your hat off to him because he’s been doing it for over 20 years and he doesn’t have to perform at the level that he does. SpliffStar is a remarkable hype man and you can tell that they work very hard at what they do.”
Reek da Villian and J-Doe, the newest members of Conglomerate, Busta’s record label performed “King Tut.” Just after he said good night, he had an encore performance with “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See.” After they cut off his mic, the crowd sang the lyrics to bring the show to a close.