The 2011 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival culminated on Saturday, July 16th, with Q-Tip and “friends” holding top billing. Rumors abounded as to who would appear to share the stage with the A Tribe Called Quest frontman, and by the time his performance rolled around, the energy in the air seemed to suggest that there was indeed something big in store.
Q-Tip rocked the stage for a while solo, delivering a bit of his signature hybrid style, a little hip hop, a little singing, a litte rock star swag, before unleashing his friends to the thousands in attendance under the steel and cable canopy of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Monie Love joined The Abstract for a bit of nostalgia. Black Thought and Q-Tip traded verses for a while. Busta Rhymes utterly electrified the crowd, furiously rocking his verses from “Scenario” and “Look At Me Now .”
And then, Mr. Kanye West was in the building.
Needless to say, Brooklyn erupted as Kanye West jumped on stage, proceeding to rock “Dark Fantasy,” “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” and “All Of The Lights,” while jumping down into an area at crowd level, literally rhyming while among the ecstatic onlookers. A rendition of “Award Tour” with Q-Tip, and West was shuttled away in a pearl Maybach, but not before a brief visit to the fenced-off area, to give dap to dozens of attendees.
While we are finishing up out extensive coverage of the Festival, Brooklyn Bodega has just release high quality footage of these events, and we pass them on to you. It was quite an end to a jam-packed Festival, and we will have our full recap soon.
In the meantime, here’s what you saw if you were there, and missed if you weren’t.
The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival was a week-long celebration of hip hop music, art and culture, and included events showcasing up and coming artists, photography and artwork, panels and discussions, an awards ceremony and a tribute to the DJ, as well as the crown jewel of the Festival, the Family Day and Main Stage performances. This was the 7th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.
The video above was shot by:
Jose Cota, Jr. (twitter @jrthesr)
Alex F. Ghassan (@alexg_director)
Daniel Graf (@danielgraffilms)
Directed & Cut by Jav Martinez (@thejavmart)