3rd Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Announces Consequence and Full Calendar

Brooklyn, NY March 29, 2007 – Room Service and Brooklyn Bodega announce plans for the 3rd Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Expanding to a completely FREE 5 day celebration, G.O.O.D. Music artist Consequence is the first artist announcement for this year’s lineup.

Queens, New York native Consequence is the first addition to the 3rd Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival lineup. First introduced in 1996 on Tribe Called Quest’s Beats Rhymes and Life, Consequence has been diligently honing his craft as an MC, and has become one of the genre’s best story tellers. Teaming up with Kanye West in 2001, Consequence has released several mixtapes, and has appeared on collaborations with West, Q Tip, Andre 3000, Seleena Johnson, The Last Poets, John Legend, Lil’ Kim, among others. He recently released his solo album, “Don’t Quit Your Day Job.”

The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is a celebration of Hip Hop music and culture and the borough of Brooklyn. A series of free events held throughout the month of June, the 3rd Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival looks to celebrate Hip Hop culture in Brooklyn and beyond. Showcasing performances from legends to the genre’s newest and brightest talents, the BHF has hosted the likes of Big Daddy Kane, Lupe Fiasco, Rhymefest, Little Brother, Sleepy Brown, Leela James, Brand Nubian, Talib Kweli and many others. 2007 is no different as the BHF staff keeps the Festival the highlight of the Summer.

This year the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival’s programming has been expanded to a five day celebration. Here is a brief rundown of what to expect during this year’s festivities:

When: Thursday, June 7th
What: BHF Kickoff Party celebrating 50 years of Stax Records!
Join us for a night of funky soul all night long at the powerHouse Arena in Dumbo, BK. Stax Records was home to legendary acts such as Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MGs, The Bar-Kays, Isaac Hayes, The Dramatics, The Staple Singers, The Emotions and so many more. Celebrate 50 years of Soul magic, as well as the re-launch of the label.

When: Thursday, June 14th
What: Hip Hop around the globe, featuring photography from David Alan Harvey at the powerHouse Arena
Hip hop, which first began on the streets of the South Bronx in the early 1970s, has traveled the globe, finding a home in every corner of the planet. Hip Hop’s versatility speaks to its accessibility and universality. In 2005, Magnum Photographer David Alan Harvey began photographing local emcees in the Bronx River Projects, home of hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa, whose legendary Zulu Nation parties inspired a new generation of b-boys and -girls. It is their descendants that Harvey has captured in here—from Boogie Down thugs and Hollywood celebs to the local cultures of Spain, France, Gambia, Senegal, South Korea, and Thailand—revealing how hip hop has always spoken to the guy on the corner and the girl at the club, because skills and style comes from love.

When: Thursday, June 21st
What: BHF Under The Stars
Celebrate the longest night of the year with the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. This event is held in conjunction with Make Music New York, a city-wide music festival presenting free music from around the globe. More info can be found at www.makemusicny.org.

When: Friday, June 22nd What: Wild Style:The Sampler book release celebration and screening. In 1982, a small independent movie written, produced, and directed by Charlie Ahearn was released, first in Germany, Japan, and Cannes, then finally in Times Square. Wild Style, the first film to unite the underground urban art forms of nascent hip-hop culture—DJing, MCing, b-boying, and graff writing— was filmed on location in the South Bronx without permits or pretensions. Some twenty-five years after its release, Wild Style is truly a classic, having inspired countless artists, musicians, and writers with its unforgettable scenes starring the era’s most memorable personalities. We’re celebrating in conjunction with the powerHouse retrospective book Wild Style The Sampler to be released.

When: Saturday, June 23rd
What: Performance Day
The big day. Everyone who has been there before remembers Big Daddy Kane tearing it down in ’06 or Little Brother rocking their 1st Brooklyn performance. Well, here we go again. Join us for a day of performances and festivities under the sun. Consequence is just the tip of the iceberg. Stay tuned to www.brooklynbodega.com for further confirmations

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