Q-Tip To Headline 2011 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
Brooklyn, NY May 3rd, 2011
Brooklyn Bodega, producers of the 7th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF), is excited to announce this year’s headliner – Q-Tip.
Brooklyn Bodega is working closely with Q-Tip to create creative programming for this year’s Festival. Not just a headliner, Q-Tip will work with Brooklyn Bodega to curate “Q-Tip & Friends,” a celebration of Hip-Hop through the lense of his 20+ year career. Brooklyn Bodega will be working directly with Q-Tip to mine his personal rolodex and create once-in-a-lifetime live on stage collaborations to bless Brooklyn this Summer.
Q-Tip embodies the mission of The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival and Brooklyn Bodega: highlighting Hip-Hop’s legacy as an agent of artistic progression, community building and social change. As an artist, MC and producer, Q-Tip is Hip-Hop with a career that connects generations of fans as well as artists.
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The first time fans heard Q-Tip was “The Promo” and “Black Is Black” on the Jungle Brothers album Straight Out The Jungle in 1989. A year later in 1990 Q-Tip released Peoples Instictive Travels as the lead MC of A Tribe Called Quest. With “Bonita Applebaum” and “Can I Kick It” he ushered in an era of what some have labeled “Bohemian Hip-Hop” – Hip-Hop without a strong tone of misogyny or hyper masculinity, punctuated by social conscious lyrics and self respect. Collaborating with kindred spirits like De La Soul, Q-Tip became the face of conscious afrocentric rap.
Q-Tip would go on to collaborate with an array of artists from The Beastie Boys to Janet Jackson to Pharrell Williams and many more. With his solo album Amplified, Q-Tip brought J Dilla to the foreground and recorded the smash singles “Breathe & Stop” and “Vivrant Thing.” All the while, mentoring Hip-Hop greats Talib Kweli, Mos Def and Common (among others) further creating ripples that impacted the growth of Hip-Hop culture. One year after his debut on the scene, Q-Tip released his album The Renaissance a pinnacle of an accomplishment that was nominated for “Best Rap Album” at the 2010 Grammys.
Creatively and professionally, Q-Tip is still a force in Hip-Hop, touring, recording as well as producing both music and film. “(There has been discussion recently about the A Tribe Called Quest documentary co-produced by Q-Tip.)”
This Summer, “Q-Tip & Friends” will go beyond musical performances and celebrate Hip-Hop through the lense of Q-Tip’s extraordinary career; instilling fans with a greater appreciation for the lineage of Hip-Hop music- from Kanye West and Common to the Native Tongues collective.
Come July, Brooklyn Bodega is going to focus on re-chalking the context of today’s Hip-Hop culture and pay tribute to Hip-Hop through Q-Tip’s work. With the Festival as a platform, Brooklyn Bodega and its media partners will venture to create unique content to capture this momentous event for years to come.
“This is going to be a memorable event. Q-Tip and A Tribe Called Quest have been personal favorites of mine since Day 1. We were lucky enough to have De La Soul headline in 2010, this is the perfect one-two punch. The curation aspect is truly unique. It combines education, a dope show and a celebration of Hip-Hop music and culture. Exactly what we are about at Brooklyn Bodega. We hope to install this format for years to come and continue to celebrate the best of Hip-Hop. ”
– Wes Jackson, Executive Director, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
The Festival returns on Monday, July 11th- Saturday, July, 18th. This premier week-long, all-ages event attracts over 20,000 fans to Brooklyn annually in a celebration of Hip-Hop music and culture.
This year, fans can look forward to the return of the Show & Prove Super Bowl, Bodega Education Initiative, Salute The DJ, Family Day and the Main Stage performances; plus new programming such as Styles Upon Styles and the Bodega Recognition Awards.
*BHF tickets have gone on sale to the general public online via Showclix.com*
Q-Tip Is Headlining Main Day of the 7th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
“Q-Tip & Friends” as a celebration of Hip-Hop through the lense of an iconoclast
DATE: Saturday, July 16th, 2011
LOCATION: Dumbo, Brooklyn
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This year, Q-Tip will be the anchor of the six-day-long BHF, performing on Saturday, July 16th alongside a variety of Old School, New School, Funk, Soul, local and International artists in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
To open for the Festival, up-and-coming artists must “Show & Prove” their skills by competing in Brooklyn Bodega’s premiere underground hip-hop concert series. There are three semi-finals before the Show & Prove Super Bowl and the only way to submit for consideration to compete is via Sonicbids.
To submit your Electronic Press Kit to our A&R/Talent Buyer staff, visit the BHF page at www.sonicbids.com/BrooklynHipHopFestival