Established in 2005, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF) is New York City’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event that showcases the positive aspects of Hip-Hop culture by highlighting Hip-Hop’s legacy as an agent of artistic progression, community building and social change.
In addition to musical performances, the Festival offers a number of activities for its audience, including: panel discussions, exhibitions, parties, an award show and a family-friendly block party. The Festival is more than a concert or outdoor fair. It is a family reunion for lovers of this great culture.
In the last ten years, the Festival has achieved a number of memorable milestones with an impressive roster of Hip-Hop acts that include Grammy winner Lupe Fiasco, the front man of Jimmy Kimmel’s late night band Black Thought of The Roots and VH1 Hip-Hop Honoree Big Daddy Kane.
In 2011, BHF broke attendance records with over 20,000 fans attending Performance Day under the Brooklyn Bridge for “Q-Tip & Friends.” Not only would the crowd under the bridge rock to performances by Hip-Hop emcees like Kendrick Lamar, Homeboy Sandman and M.O.P. for the headlining event Q-Tip surprised fans with collaborative performances with Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Black Thought of The Roots, Monie Love and more
The 2014 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival returns Wednesday, July 9th- Saturday, July 12, with renewed vigor and commitment to showcasing the legends of hip hop culture alongside the new generation.
This Final Day headliners includeRaekwon the Chef of Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Electronica, CJ Fly of Pro Era and Cyhi the Prince.
“Corey Woods (born January 12, 1970), better known by the stage name Raekwon, is an American rapper and a member of the Wu-Tang Clan. He released his solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… in 1995, and has since recorded numerous solo albums, as well as continuing to work with Wu-Tang and providing an extensive number of guest contributions to other hip hop artist’s works. He is the founder of his own label ICEH20 Records. Raekwon is often cited as one of the pioneers of the Mafioso rap sub-genre. In 2007, the editors of About.complaced him on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007). The Miami New Times described Raekwon’s music as being “street epics” that are “straightforward yet linguistically rich universes not unlike a gangsta Iliad.”
“Ice Cream” Raekwon
Elpadaro F. Electronica Allah (born September 19, 1976), better known by his stage name Jay Electronica, is an American hip hoprecording artist and record producer from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is currently based in London, United Kingdom.
Electronica first gained significant attention after the release of the musical composition Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge), which was made available on a MySpace page in 2007 and has been called a “timeless classic” by Vice Magazine. It is fifteen continuous minutes of music, without drums, built from Jon Brion‘s soundtrack to the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. In late 2009 he released two singles, both produced by Just Blaze, “Exhibit A” and “Exhibit C“, the latter of which won a Sucker Free Summit Award for Instant Classic. In November 2010, it was announced Jay Electronica had signed to hip hop mogul Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation record label.
CJ Fly is a 21 year old Brooklyn MC, and member of the Pro Era collective with Joey Bada$$, Kirk Knight, A La $ole, Dyemond Lewis, Rawle Ali, Dessy Hinds, Nyck Caution, Dirty Sanchez, ROKAmouth Singh, Jakk The Rhymer, Jab, producers Chuck Strangers, Powers Pleasant and designer SüR Niles. He has released one solo project, the mixtape: The Way Eye See It, and collaborates frequently with Joey Bada$$ and other Pro Era members.
“Still The Motto” CJ Fly,
Cyhi The Prynce
“Cydel Young (born September 15, 1984), better known by his stage name CyHi the Prynce, is an American hip hop recording artist from Stone Mountain, Georgia. He is currently signed to Akon‘s Konvict Muzik, Bu Thiam’s BuVision, Kanye West‘s GOOD Music and Def Jam Recordings. Young has appeared on West’s highly acclaimed album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010) and has released six mixtapes, with the latest being Black Hystori Project (2014), a conscious hip hop concept album about the history of black people in America, executive produced by Kanye West.”
“Napoleon” CyHi The Prynce
“Rob Swift (born Robert Aguilar) is an American hip hop DJ and turntablist. He was a former member of the turntablist group The X-Ecutioners in late 2005 and 2006, with Mike Patton’s project Peeping Tom. Swift is on the faculty of Scratch DJ Academy in New York City. Since January 2010, Swift has hosted the online hip-hop radio show Dope on Plastic on Scion A/V Streaming Radio 17.” In August 2012, Swift became the resident DJ for a new late night college sports TV talk show on ESPNU called UNITE.”
Origins of Rob Swift’s “Nobody Beats The Biz”
Sound & Prove/Sonicbids Winners, Kydd Jones
Randell Jones, better known by his stage name Kydd, is an American hiphop artist from Austin, Texas. He has collaborated with artists such as GLC, Pac Div, Yelawolf & Kirko Bangz… He was nicknamed “Kydd” by his older brother for being the youngest kid in a group called Southern Boys which performed at local talent shows. After being picked up by an independent record label in his early teenage years, he joined another group called Impact and started performing at clubs and shows at the age of 15. In 2008, he released The Sounds in My Head Pt. 1, which was followed by The Sounds in My Head Pt. 2 in 2012. He releasedThe Righteous LP later that year.”
“JuNgLe” Kydd, The Audible Doctor
“After graduating high school in 2002 The Audible Doctor moved from his hometown of Madison to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to attend college hoping the larger city would provide a better music scene but after a year at the university he decided he needed more. The following fall he packed his bags and moved to New York to attend an Audio Engineering & Recording school in Manhattan. After graduating from the school he began interning at the world famous Fat Beats Records store in Manhattan where he met his fellow group members and they formed The Brown Bag AllStars. The creation of The Brown Bag AllStars marked the beginning of a new chapter in The Audible Doctor’s music career. He became more serious about releasing projects and continued to sharpen his live performance with the group. In the next 6 years while recording and performing he worked his way to the position of buyer and manager of the Fat Beats New York store where he met many of the artists he has collaborated with. Being the force behind the legendary store front put The Audible Doctor in the center of a thriving music scene and he poured that inspiration and knowledge into every project.”
“Wings Pt. 2″ Audible Doctor ft. Francesca
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