Brooklyn, NY May 16, 2011
Brooklyn Bodega, announces that Homeboy Sandman, Eternia, Shad, Nitty Scott and Kid Glyde will be joining this year’s line-up for the 7th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF) in Dumbo, NY.
Festival producers recently made headlines with the news that they would be working closely with the legendary Q-Tip to curate “Q-Tip & Friends,” a celebration of Hip-Hop with the help of a legendary rolodex of established and fresh talent.
The announcement of the “Friends” is coming soon. In the meantime, Brooklyn Bodega is excited to announce independent, homegrown, developing acts that have the kind of fresh-energy that is hard to ignore. The same way Q-Tip epitomizes the Bodega’s mission statement, this next round of artists have refined their talents, made the rounds in the Hip-Hop scene, pushed the artform forward and established themselves with killer, live shows.
“Homeboy Sandman has been down with us for years, performing and hosting. We are happy to feature him properly. Canadian newcomer Shad brings us that Hip-Hop essence from the North. We have taken some heat over the years for not featuring enough female MC’s. I am happy to say Eternia and up-and-comer Nitty Scott are on the bill not because of their gender but because of their skills and killer show.”
– Wes Jackson, Executive Director, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
Further enlarging the scope of artists that grace the Festival’s stage each year in Brooklyn, B-Boy Kid Glyde is performing break dance routines as part of Family Day on Saturday, July 16th.
The Festival has a rich history of breaking the best and brightest newcomers including: Lupe Fiasco, Rhymefest, 88- Keys, Strange Fruit Project, Skyzoo and a host of others. These acts have gone on to win Grammy’s, been featured in nationwide ad campaigns, toured the world, and more.
Homeboy Sandman—Queens native, Homeboy Sandman has been slaying mics for years in the NYC scene since early in his career when he was a Ralph McDaniels Video Music Award Winner. This lyrical monster has performed at SXSW, Rock The Bells, A3C Hip Hop Festival and CMJ Music Marathon. In 2010, Homeboy Sandman mentored an aspiring emcee on MTV’s MADE (TV series). Read more here
Eternia—Fat Beats records artist, Eternia, is Canada’s best kept secret. Having paid her dues she’s proven herself worthy of rocking stages for SXSW, and Van’s Warped Tour. This two-time Juno nominated femcee, continues to put Canadian Hip-Hop on the map. With nods of approval from The Source, Hot 97 and DJ Premier, Eternia partnered up with Canadian super producer MoSS for her 5th full length release At Last. Read more here
Shad—Born in Kenya, of Rwandan parents, Shad made his debut album When This Is Over in 2005. With music compared to that of k-os and Common, he released his second album in 2007 to critical acclaim. This year the Canadian emcee won the Juno Award for “Rap Recording of the Year” with his third album TSOL. Read more here
Nitty Scott MC—Recently featured in The Source’s “Unsigned Hype” and MTV2’s “Sucker Free,” Nitty Scott MC is well on her way to making her mark in the Hip-Hop scene. Taking the internet by storm in 2010 with her freestyles, this art school grad writes and spits messages of positivity and empowerment. Read more here
Kid Glyde—Son of B-boy legend Glyde, Kid Glyde of the Dynamic Rockers picked up his skills not only from his father but also legendary B-Boy Kid Freeze. This B-boy extraordinaire has been racking up B-Boy championships such as the Rocksteady and Zulu battles, consistently for the past few years.
Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival 2011 Calendar of Events:
Show & Prove (MON. 7/11) – A showcase of independent and local Hip-Hop talent. There will be three preliminary S&P events held on: April 14th, May 19th and June 15th. The three winners will compete at the S&P Super Bowl on July 11th for the opportunity to open up on the Main Stage on July 16th. To register artists must submit through Sonicbids.
Bodega Art Show (TUES. 7/12) – Curated Art Gallery showing of New York City’s most established and up-and-coming street artists, graffiti kings, and Hip Hop photographers.
Bodega Education Initiative (WED. 7/13) – A day of panel discussions and seminars designed to explore intellectual and academic issues facing the Hip-Hop community.
Salute The DJ (THURS. 7/14) – Dedicated to the backbone of Hip-Hop, the DJ. The event will feature performances by the best DJs from across the country. Up-and-coming DJs will also have an opportunity to participate, similar to Show & Prove.
Bodega Recognition Awards (FRI. 7/15) – As we ramp up for the big day on Saturday we will host the Bodega Recognition Awards to recognize and celebrate positive contributions to Hip Hop Music and Culture. Awards will be given for best Independent MC/DJ, best Event Producer, best Streetwear Line and best Independent Record Label, among many others.
Family Day (SAT. 7/16) – This “block party” celebrates the core message of Hip-Hop: social change and individual empowerment. It features music, performances and demos from a host of family-centric organizations.
Main Stage Performances (SAT. 7/16) – The culmination of the 2011 programming. Old School, New School, Funk, Soul, Local and International artists converge upon downtown Brooklyn and the waterfront for a full day of the best Hip-Hop music our culture has to offer.
After Party (SAT. 7/16) – Artists and attendees celebrate the end of Festival week with surprise performances and DJ sets.
Q-Tip Is Headlining Main Day of the 7th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
Additional artists to perform include Homeboy Sandman, Eternia, Shad, Nitty Scott and Kid Glyde
DATE: Saturday, July 16th, 2011
LOCATION: Dumbo, Brooklyn
More artists and venue information to be announced soon!
To open for the Festival, up-and-coming artists must “Show & Prove” their skills by competing in Brooklyn Bodega’s premiere MC showcase. There are three semi-finals before the Show & Prove Super Bowl and the only way to submit for consideration to compete is via Sonicbids.
ARTISTS! The 3rd and final installment goes down on June 15th. Deadline to submit via Sonicbids is June 5th. This is the last opportunity to try and secure a spot for the Show & Prove Super Bowl that happens the Monday of Festival week (July 11th). Winners from the April, May and June preliminaries will go head-to-head at the Super Bowl to win a chance to open the stage for headliner Q-Tip on Saturday, July 16th.
To submit your Electronic Press Kit to our A&R/Talent Buyer staff, visit the BHF page at www.sonicbids.com/
About The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival:
As New York City’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event, the Festival 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. BHF 2011 events will continue to reflect the full range of Hip-Hop culture, which spans music, film, academics, grassroots empowerment and more.
Since its establishment, the Festival has featured legendary headliners such as De La Soul (2010), Pharoahe Monch (2009), KRS-ONE (2008), Ghostface Killah (2007), Big Daddy Kane (2006) and Brand Nubian (2005). For more information visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
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Sponsorship & Vendor Opportunities:
Interested in getting your company involved? Our diverse and dedicated audience makes us the number one media market for sponsors who want to strategically position their brands. Brooklyn Bodega is now accepting sponsorship and vendor submissions. All interested parties should email Kelii Jones at Kelli@brooklynbodega.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Brooklyn Bodega is looking to arrange media partnerships to promote this year’s Festival with top-tier media outlets. As an extension of the “Q-Tip & Friends” concept, we will be working directly with this year’s headliner to arrange creative pre-Festival and day-of content with a focus on Hip-Hop as culture. To get your outlet involved with this year’s Festival, please contact Pamela Bishop at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Call For Volunteers:
We are also drafting a team of Hip-Hop motivated volunteers.It is never too early to get involved! Term to start immediately and run through July 20th, 2010. Positions are unpaid. College credit is available. Reach out and come join this dynamic group of cultural advocates by emailing a resume and cover letter to our HR Department at email@example.com
Brooklyn Bodega is a multimedia content production and branding company. Our brand extends into event production, journalism and critical media analysis, digital and grassroots marketing, radio, video, and content distribution. While The Bodega is best known for producing New York City’s largest Hip-Hop event, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival; our expertise also manifests in Brooklyn Bodega Radio, Bodega TV, our blogazine and online home BrooklynBodega.com, and most recently The Bodega Agency, our boutique marketing and branding operation.
The Bodega is made up of an extraordinary group of cultural programmers, marketing professionals, writers, designers and academics who have heeded their own personal call to action and have dedicated themselves to the celebration and preservation of Hip-Hop culture.