The week-long Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival culminates Saturday, July 16 with an all-day event at the Brooklyn Bridge Plaza & Tobacco Warehouse, including a highly anticipated headlining event starring Q-Tip, who is expected to bring out some of his many musical “friends” to punctuate the festival.
The 2011 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival began July 11, with several events during the week, leading up to the Main Day finale. Monday was the Show & Prove Super Bowl, where up-and-coming artists who had previously qualified, competed for the chance to open at the main event.
Tuesday, an art event entitled “Under The Influence,” celebrating the visually artistic side of hip hop, including famed hip hop photographer Jamel Shabazz and several other hip hop-related artists.
Wednesday, Brooklyn Bodega, the organizers of the festival, held panel discussions regarding journalism and other aspects of the music business during the Bodega Education Initiative.
The action really started ramping up with Thursday’s Salute The DJ show, featuring a slew of turntable technicians, and highlighted by the iconic Marley Marl, who conducted a symphony of appearances by the likes of the Cold Crush Brothers, the Force MDs, Roxanne Shante, Craig G and Keith Murray.
Friday, Brooklyn Bodega paid tribute to several individuals and organizations who have positively contributed to hip hop, Brooklyn and the Bodega organization with the first Bodega Recognition Awards, giving props to websites, event programmers, record labels and positive community figures. Recognition was also given to industry icons and artists who have recently passed away.
Saturday, the crown jewel of the Festival, features two stages with performances throughout the day, starting at noon, ending with the 5:55 start time of the main event on the main stage. There will be vendors, graffitti battles, and several family-oriented events for the Family Day portion of the day (12 noon – 2:30 p.m.).
As of posting time, tickets can still be purchased, and should also be available on-site.
Birthplace Magazine will be on hand to document the main day, so check back in for a recap, photos and video from this, and other Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival events.
Below is the (subject to change) set list for both stages.
12:00 – 1:25 Opening DJ Sets
1:25 – 1:55 L.A.
2:00 – 2:20 Nitty Scott MC
2:25 – 2:45 DJ Meka
2:50 – 3:10 Shad
3:15 – 3:35 Eternia
3:40 – 4:00 Homeboy Sandman
4:05 – 4:25 DJ Parler
4:30 – 4:50 MOP
4:55 – 5:15 Random Axe
5:15 – 5:50 DJ Ali Shaheed
5:55 – 5:50 Q-Tip & Friends
Tobacco Warehouse Stage
2:55 – 3:05 DJ Get Live
3:05 – 3:20 Sophia Urista
3:25 – 3:35 K.Sparks
3:40 – 3:50 Sene
3:55 – 4:15 Stalley
4:15 – 4:20 K-Salaam
4:20 – 4:35 Wise Intelligent
4:45 – 5:05 Lords of the Underground
5:05 – 6:00 DJ Get Live