The 8th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is in full swing, already having delivered a performance event, panel discussions and the first part of the Dummy Clap Film Festival, a recent addition to the overall event lineup. The 2012 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival runs from July 9 to July 14, culminating in an all-day “Family Day” and finale concert, this year headlined by Busta Rhymes and Friends.
The kickoff event this year was the Show & Prove Super Bowl, the last stop in a series of competitive events that decide who will win the coveted opening act position at the main day concert. Preliminary events held throughout the year fielded semi-finalists Rasheed Chappell, 330 and Charmingly Ghetto, who was the winner at Monday’s Super Bowl.
With guest appearances following the competition, including Freeway, Evitan (Dres of Black Sheep and Jairobi of A Tribe Called Quest), Craig G, Young Guru, Sadat X (of Brand Nubian), Dice Raw (of The Roots affiliation), Homeboy Sandman and 1982 (Statik Selektah and Termanology), there were plenty of varying styles to satisfy the palates of those in attendance.
The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival continues Thursday with Salute The DJ, in the past, a spirited display of turntable wizardry and history, this year including Chuck Chillout and Ralph McDaniels, among many others. Friday is another set of screenings for the film festival, including veteran journalist and author Nelson George.
Information on these, and other Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival events, including the main day headlining concert featuring Busta Rhymes, can be found at www.bkhiphopfestival.com.