Donny Goines, Grand Puba, Tiye Phoenix, Eagle Nebula, Keys N Krates, and Nyle
Brooklyn, NY, May 22st 2009
Today Brooklyn Bodega announced Donny Goines, Grand Puba, Tiye Phoenix, Eagle Nebula, Keys N Krates, and Nyle as the latest additions to this year’s 5th Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.
Grand Puba, founding member of the legendary group Brand Nubian and living legend will be performing at this year’s 5th Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Well respected for their intelligent and politically charged flow, Brand Nubian influenced many of today’s rap groups including Wu-Tang, Dead Prez, Black Star, and countless others. Brand Nubian’s leader Grand Puba was behind such classics singles such as “360 (What Goes Around Comes Around)” “Slow Down” and “I Like It.” Puba cemented his own solo career with the 1992 release of Reel to Reel and his follow up 2000 in 1995. He later reunited with Brand Nubian for the 1999 release Foundation which garnered rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Grand Puba’s highly anticipated solo album, Retroactive, due out on June 23rd on Babygrande/Frank Radio Records. The album features Brand Nubian, Q-Tip, Dead Prez, and Kid Capri, with production from Lord Finesse, Q-Tip and Grand Puba himself. His signature high pitched socio- political flow and legendary status will be a welcomed addition to this year’s festival.
Brooklyn Bodega is proud to announce that Donny Goines will be bringing his relentless rhymes and no nonsense demeanor to the 5th Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Donny Goines who is one of the exceptional youth who are born into a life surrounded by poverty and drugs, but are able to question their surroundings, and use their personal creativity to raise themselves out of their dire situation. Though the streets are a part of Donny Goine’s reality he uses his negative experiences to create positive lyrics and performances. Recently, Donny offered his entire album The Breakfast Club for a free download on the internet, and has garnered a lot of respect and fans for this act. His most recent album Minute after Midnight was released May 19th. In the Bodega spirit, Donny Goines truly understands the importance of hip-hop being accessible to its community as well as allowing its members to be full participants.
Tiye Phoenix truly exceeds all boundaries of a female mc. She is a classically trained pianist, producer, songwriter, and composer. In the late 90’s Tiye formed S.O.U.L. Food Symphony, a D.C. based female group, which consisted of emcees, singers, and musicians. Tiye was later signed to Rawkus records and worked with label mates Mos Def and Talib Kweli. Tiye is also a member of the hip-hop group Polyrhythmaddicts which consists of members DJ Spinna, Shabaam Sahdeeq, and Mr. Complex. They released a critically acclaimed album Break Glass in 2007. Tiye Phoenix’s debut solo album Half woman Half Amazin is set to release May 26th.We are excited to have Tiye Phoenix at this year’s festival.
Also holding it down for the ladies this year is Eagle Nebula. Described by some as an eccentric and witty female lyricist Eagle Nebula calls herself the “ghetto sage.” She draws inspiration from artist such as De La Soul, Sun Ra, and Fela Kuti. Born and raised in California, Eagle Nebula harkens back to the golden age of hip-hop with lyrics that are fun, clever, and politically conscious. Her album Cosmic Headphones was released in October of 2008. It is a unique mix of funk and soul inspired beats interlaced with Nebula’s poetic and energetic delivery. Eagle Nebula is creatively a breath of fresh air and new rhythms.
Keys N Krates
The dynamic and innovated live band Keys N Krates will be the house band on June 20th at the 5th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Made up of DJ Jr. Flo, keyboardist Matisse, and drummer Adam Tune, Keys N Krates combine the visceral intensity of live music with the progressive technology of electronic music. The trio remix classic hip-hop songs live, using turntables, audio, keyboards, and drums. Responsible for “reinventing the remix” KeysNKrates avant-garde performances are truly a sight to see. KeysNKrates sufficiently combine the old with the new providing fresh versions of classic hip hop tracks such as The Fugees “Fu Gee La”, A Tribe Called Quest “Check the Rhyme”, and Jay-z Public Service Announcement.” Fans will soon see that KeysNKrates have created a modern twist in their performances without losing the spirit of hip-hop.
Philadelphia born and recent graduate of the Clive Davis school of Recorded Music of New York University, Nyle, is our last addition to the 2009 lineup. Nyle entered New York University the fall of 2005, as an aspiring rapper with a clear passion and drive for his artistry. The Clive Davis School is the first school of its kind to provide a B.F.A in Recorded Music. Its program offers professional training for students who aim to be creative entrepreneurs in the music industry.
Nyle took his studies seriously, promising to release an album for each year in college. Nyle also became a staple within the New York City’s SinSin Circuit, a community of respected underground rappers. In 2007 he released his debut Album Frosh, which detailed his freshman year at NYU. It quickly garnered a buzz. In 2008 Nyle released his second album S’more a more experimental album that included samples and remixes of artist such as The Flaming Lips and Citizen cope. Nyle’s talent was brought to the attention of many when a video was released of him and his class at the Clive Davis School performing a live remake of Lil Wayne’s “Let the Beat Build.” Including drums, violins, vocalists, piano, and guitars the video is electric and fresh. The video became an instant Internet darling. Nyle is a positive, young MC and Brooklyn Bodega is happy to give him an offline platform so we can all see what the buzz is about.
The winner of the May ‘Show and Prove’ contest will be announced later this week.
The 5th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival takes place on June 20th, 2009 from 12-8pm at Empire Fulton Ferry State Park.
Tickets are available starting at only $10
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Brooklyn Bodega are the creators and producers of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. They are a collective of cultural programmers, marketing professionals, writers, designers and academics dedicated to the celebration and preservation of Hip-Hop culture. Their daily musings can be found at www.brooklynbodega.com