Come one, come all to the greatest musical attraction in the world…BROOKLYN!! This week is the 8th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, produced by fellow BK hip-hop lovers site, Brooklyn Bodega. The week long celebration of the forever evolving music genre has been holding events in various locations of the borough including an MC competition to kick off the week at Brooklyn Bowl, a film festival and an academic symposium at the Brooklyn Library (when’s the last time YOU been to there?) and of course the big concert on Saturday featuring the 20+ year hip-hop veteran Busta Rhymes. Last year, Busta showed some love when he was a special guest along with Kanye West, Monie Love and Black Thought of The Roots for Q-Tip’s headlining set. So this year some big name will more than likely be popping up to share the stage with the Brooklyn legend . Yes, if you just now knowing about this, you missed a few events so far. But have no fear, the best is yet to come. See the list of events below..
Mon (7/9): Show & Prove Super Bowl
On Monday, July 9, The “Show & Prove Super Bowl” kicked off the week’s festivities with an MC competition by Show & Prove preliminary winners, Rasheed Chappell, 330 and Charmingly Ghetto, who competed for a chance to be the opening act for the Final Day concert. Performances included Young Guru, Freeway, Evitan, 1982 (Statik Selektah & Termanology) and Reks.
Tues (7/10): Fortified “It Was Written”
On Tuesday, July 10, the Bodega Education Initiative was a daylong symposium that addressed topics like “KissFM and the legacy of NY Radio,” “the renewed importance of touring in the post-record label age” and more. Panelists included filmmaker Nelson George, renowned hip-hop producer Young Guru, Kiss FM’s assistant program director Fred “Bugsy” Buggs and more.
Tues (7/10): Dummy Clap Film Festival
On Tuesday, July 10, the Dummy Clap Film Festival Double Feature included screenings of the 1983 hip-hop film classic, Wild Style and 1986’s Big Fun in The Big Town. Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn was in attendance with others for a Q&A following the film.
Thurs (7/12): Salute The DJ
On Thursday, July 12, hip-hop pays tribute to the backbone of its genre…the DJ. In order to “Salute The DJ,” Brooklyn Bodega invited some of the elite DJs such as Chuck Chillout, VJ “Uncle” Ralph McDaniels and Turntablist DP One, DJ/Producer M.Will to spin and MC for the night.
Fri (7/13): Family Day
Friday, July 13, the Dummy Clap Film Festival Indie Screenings with feature the film Brooklyn Bohemeby Brooklyn writer/filmmaker Nelson George, Rooster NY’s The Infamous Mobb Deep documentary with an appearance by Prodigy and more. But wait, there’s more! There will also be indie submissions and independent screenings. The only bad luck you might get this Friday the 13th is not getting a ticket to this exclusive opportunity.
Bonus: A little birdie said there’s an after party at The Dumbo Loft with Ali Shaheed Muhammad and J. Period
Sat (7/14): Family Day
You’ve partying every night this week, so Saturday it’s time to bring out the kiddies for Family Day. The afternoon is full of activities from 12-3pm, including a Freestyle Competition for the next Mos Def in your family, African and Brazilian Dance classes for your future Rosie Perez, educational and social awareness activities for your baby Nelson George, how-to workshops, art demonstrations and live performances. In the words of the late, great ODB, “We teach the children. You know what I mean?”
Sat (7/14): Final Day Performance
He’s transformed from yelling into your TV screen with loud colors and an untamed mane of dreads to being super buff and rapping so fast you just get lost into his trance…(sorry, that one’s for the ladies). Mr. Smith has been bumping through your speakers for over two decades and on Saturday, July 14, he comes home to Brooklyn to wrap up a whirlwind week at the Final Day Performance where he’ll dig into his catalog of greatest hits, recent bangers and then some. He’s met a lot of people along his career, so there’s no telling who he’ll bring on stage. This is the main event for Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival so if you miss it, don’t read your Twitter timeline or you’ll be very sad.
After the concert, head to Williamsburg to the Knitting Factory for the official BHF’12 after party. Hear a set from Ana Tijoux followed by performances by Jasmine Solano, Melo-X, CSC Funk Band and DJ Evil Dee.
Can’t make the events but want to live vicariously through the thousands of hip-hop heads bopping through Brooklyn this week? Follow the festival on Twitter: @BKHipHopFest