Show and Prove winners and Homeboy Sandman to host Second Stage

Final Winner Announced, Homeboy Sandman to host Second Stage

brokn english, brown bag all stars, brina payne

Brooklyn, NY, June 3rd, 2009
Brooklyn Bodega announced today the winners of the May ‘Show and Prove’ and the winners of the overall competition.

We would like to congratulate May winners Brokn Englsh and our overall champs, The Brown Bag All Stars.

Brown Bag and Brokn Englsh join Children Of The Night as the winners of our inaugural Show and Prove competition.

“Show and Prove was a fantastic success. Better than we imagined. The difficult part for us was picking the winner(s). 8thW1, Sleepwalkas, and THOSE CHOSEN were all impressive. We look forward to working with them as well as all of our other Show and Prove semifinalists in the future,” Wes Jackson, Festival Executive Director. “Brokn Englsh, COTN, and Brown Bag truly represent the goal of Show and Prove and the Festival in general. Hard working artists, refining their craft, and building their brand.”

As overall winners, Brown Bag All Stars will open the show and perform on the Main Stage June 20th at Empire Fulton Ferry State Park along with Pharoahe Monch, DJ Premier, Styles P, Smif N Wessun and more. Brokn English and Children Of The Night will play the second stage side by side Donny Goines, Eagle Nebula and Nyle.


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Homeboy Sandman

Brooklyn Bodega also announced the addition of Homeboy Sandman as host of the second stage and DJ Brina Payne as the DJ for the second stage. Sandman performed at the 2008 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival and had been a part of the Bodega Family ever since. After wowing crowds all over the city Sandman has become a staple of New York Hip-Hop. The rest of the country should get ready for Homeboy Sandman as he is set to hit the road this summer promoting his two albums, “Nourishment” and “Actual Factual Pterodactyl.”


Brokn English

Brokn Englsh is Myk Dyaleks (Greg Noviembre), Cion Burris ( Kyle Andrews), and Lyriq 2 Go (Leon Brinson). The group formed in 2006 with one common goal, bringing quality music to the masses. The meaning of Brokn Englsh, is speaking the language of the people. Bringing forth all emotions everyone goes through and translating it into a concept. Each member brings their individuality to the group. Cion Burris stems from versatile elements. The name C.Burris is a dedication to his godmother who was instrumental in his journey of music. Cion is derived from the Spanish meaning of the word song, cancion. The name LyriqToGo is paying homage to A Tribe Called Quest track of the same name on their album Midnight Marauders. LyriqToGo is a virtual world you go to receive introspective lyrics to take upon your travels. Their latest project Brokn Englsh Presents R.E.M Mixtape brings a high level of passion to their audience, hard hitting punchlines, colorful wordplay, and intricate stories. Myk Dyaleks, Cion Burris, Lyriq To Go personify the language of the people which is Brokn English.
Brokn English

Brown Bag All Stars

In early 2008, eight artists employed by Fat Beats New York decided to form a rap group. Every day they sold records to customers who want good, honest music. They figured they knew enough to make it themselves. They
were right. The name they chose was The Brown Bag All-stars, the name stems from the brown bags distributed at bodegas. They consist of DJ, MC, producer Audible Doctor, MC and producer J57, Cold Codeine, MD Koncept, MC Soul Khan, DJ E Holla, DJ Element, and Goo. Each artist holds their own within the group and when they all come together they create an authentic energy that only true hip hopers can form.


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

YUME is a multiplatformed company that looks to create avenues for independent thinkers to live and experience their dreams, by providing the very best in entertainment. Encompassing Music, Art, and Fashion, YUME strives to provide the very best products and programming while redistributing all things Music, Art, and Fashion into the YUME community. YUME also has a strong youth and adult education component

About “Show and Prove”
Brooklyn Bodega, the producers and creators of The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival and YUME Music teamed up to create “Show and Prove,” a competition/showcase where artists who think they have what it takes to rock the biggest crowd in Brooklyn can show and prove their skills.

“Show and Prove” took place at Public Assembly, 70 North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
At each month’s event a panel of judges including Brooklyn Bodega staff selected a winner. The three winners will became the ‘Show and Prove’ finalists.

Show and Prove will return to Public Assembly in August

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