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Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is right around the corner! For those who aren’t familiar with this event, it began back in 04′ by Brooklyn Bodega. They’ve had all artists from A Tribe Called Quest to Smif N Wessun. This year it will be held from July 5th to the 10th. If you find yourself free one of those days, definitely check it out. Especially if you live and breathe hip hop, this is truly a celebration you don’t want to miss.

SCHEDULE:

Mon 7/5: Show and Prove Superbowl

Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 963-3369

8pm-1am

Six Artists will compete in the last show and prove for the remaining two slots for the main day on July 10th. Finalists: Kalae All Day, Poetic Republic, The Crowd, Mike Flo, St Joe Louis

Followed by an After party with Large Pro on the wheels & more.

Cover- $5 – This event is 21+

Tuesday 7/6: Bodega Education Initiative: The Legacy of J Dilla

Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Cover- $10 – All Ages

BEI’s  main focus is to celebrate the life and understand the music of the late J Dilla, who is one of the most influential Hip Hop producers and composers of all time. In collaboration with The J Dilla Foundation, an organization founded by J Dilla’s mother and lifelong friend, Maureen Yancey. This event will be filled with panel discussions and seminars that will delve into the scope of production and Dilla’s influence on hip hop.

PANEL SUMMARY

4- 4:30pm: Stussy J Dilla Documentary

4:30-5:45pm: Session 1
Roundtable Discussion discussing Dilla’s production techniques, diverse discography, and influence.
There will also be a special discussion about Dilla’s path as artist as entrepreneur.
Featured Artists: Frank Nitty from Frank N Dank, Wajeed from the Platinum Pied Pipers, DJ Spinna and Big Tone
5:45-6:15 pm: 30 minute Intermission:
J Dilla Ensemble

6:15-7:30pm: Session 2
One-on-One conversation with Dilla’s mother, Maureen ‘Ma Dukes’ Yancey and Q-Tip.
Two of the most important people in Dilla’s life will give an intimate glimpse into the life of one of the most prolific and talented producers Hip-Hop has ever produced.
Featured Artist: Q Tip
7:30-7:45pm: 15 minute Break:
J Dilla Ensemble
7:45-8:00pm
Closing Remarks

Wed. 7/8: Classic Hip-Hop Film Night

Screening of “Juice” (1992)


7pm

Brooklyn Tech High School

29 Fort Greene Place

Brooklyn, NY 11217

Cover $5- All Ages

Thurs 7/9: Salute the DJ

9pm – 1am Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211-3009
(718) 486-5400

Featured DJ’s:

Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love
DJ Spinna
Rob Swift of the X-ecutioners
DJ Rhettmatic of The Beat Junkies
Waajeed (PPP)


This event will be divided into two parts.

The first will see Bobbito, Spinna and Waajeed rock solo sets and then go record for record as they spin the best Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz, House and whatever flavor they have in their crates.

The second will feature a four turntable extravaganza with Rob Swift of The X-ecutioners and DJ Rhettmatic of The Beat Junkies. These world renowned and champion Turntablists will whip the crowd into a frenzy with a display of turntable wizardry.

Cover $10 – This Event is 21+

Fri 7/10: BHF Family Day

12pm TOBACCO WAREHOUSE
26 New Dock Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Block party centered around the youth in the Hip-Hop community. Games, Entertainment, Community Groups, politicians, Moms, Dads, and kids come together to celebrate the core message of Hip-Hop: social change and individual empowerment.

Saturday 7/10 Performance Day

12pm. BROOKLYN BRIDGE PLAZA & TOBACCO WAREHOUSE

26 New Dock Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Cover $15- All Ages

Featured Artists:De La Soul, Smif N Wessun, Black Moon, Black Milk, Masta Ace, Skyzoo, Money Making Jam Boys, Curren$y, Fashawn, Rakka Iriscience, DJ Babu, J Dilla Ensemble, Dj Parler, Those Chosen, Aquil.

Hosted by Uncle Ralph Mcdaniel

Saturday 7/10 BHF 2010 After Party

9pm – 2am.
Southpaw
125 Fifth Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217
718.230.0236


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Fleet Week is Here!

So i just finished watching a SATC rerun of the “Anchors Away” episode which was on tonight and it reminded me that it is officially the beginning of Fleet Week here in NYC. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Fleet Week, i’ll give you a brief rundown.It began in 1984, specifically to honor those in the U.S Navy and Marine Corps. During this week, there are so many events and public tours where you can visit the ships near the Piers and Harbor. Us ladies love Fleet Week because I mean who doesn’t like seeing a man in uniform 😉 . This week is perfect to check out some of the events that are going on for fleet week since Memorial day is also this weekend and we cant forget the most anticipated and awaited movie of the summer, Sex and the City 2 !! So go out and enjoy all the fun things the Big Apple has to offer, the weather will be beautiful, heard we are expecting temperatures in the 90s. And who knows, you might just find yourself swooned by a sexy Sailor!

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Zac Posen for Target

Today is the release of Zac Posen’s collection for Target. As expected, many of the favorite items are sold out online and some Target stores only carry a few pieces. I managed to score the Tuxedo Jacket which Dakota Fanning has been seen wearing, and the Yellow Rain Coat that i thought would be awesome for the Spring Season.  Check out some of the Items at Target.com  or visit your nearest Target store to get some Goods!

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RIP Guru

Keith Elam – Guru (July 17, 1961 – April 19, 2010)

Thank you for the music you gave us, Gangstarr will forever be the epitome of Hip Hop.  No more Mr. Nice Guy, Step In the Arena, Daily Operation, Hard To Earn, Moment of Truth, & The Ownerz, speak for itself when you listen to one of the best duos Hip Hop has ever heard. A visionary and emcee with genuine rhymes who had a distinct monotone style, graced us with the Jazzmatazz Volumes that mixed the sounds of Jazz and Hip Hop that had never been done before.  You will always be remembered and cherished in my heart for showing us how beautiful Hip Hop is. Thank you  for being Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal!

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Positive Energy for the MC Guru!

Guru to the left, Dj Premier on the Right

Gang Starr MC Guru is currently undergoing surgery after suffering a heart attack and falling into a coma. We need to definitely pray and keep him in our thoughts through this time. He has been a light in the hip hop game since the gecko and his lyrics always had a depth that made him a legend in his name.  I remember when i first began listening to Gang Starr and being intrigued by the vocab he used in his rhymes combined with DJ Premiers dope technique, it completely reinforced my love for hip hop.

Lets keep sending out the love! #prayforGuru

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Put it On for Big L – R.I.P

Today marks 11 years since one of the illest emcees to touch the mic was fatally gunned down in his own stomping grounds, Harlem. He was a lyrical genius, a wordsmith who was an expert in punchlines and gritty rhymes, and always came with full delivery. He came on the scene in the 90’s. on Lord Finesses’ B side and then formulated Children of the Corn with fellow Harlem natives Killa Cam, Ma$E, McGruff and Bloodshed. Big L was then signed to Columbia where he debuted his first solo album in 1995, Lifesetylez ov da Poor & Dangerous . Due to its non commercial success, he was dropped from Columbia and not long after Big L created Flamboyant Entertainment. Under his new label, he released his second album The Big Picture and connected with Bronx based collective Diggin’ in the Crates Crew. After his death, Gang Starr released Full Clip, a tribute song to his life.

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