Brooklyn Bodega announced three additions to the lineup for the 5th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Joining Smif N Wessun will be Pharoahe Monch, Styles P and J Period.
This unique lineup of Hip-Hop acts is a testament to the diversity that the Festival represents.
The intelligent and critically acclaimed Pharoahe Monch is on board for this year's event. Monch is most known for his smash single, "Simon Says" from 1999's Internal Affairs album and his classic collaboration with Mos Def and Nate Dogg "On No", however he is far from a flash in the pan rapper. He was the co-founder of the legendary duo Organized Konfusion with partner Prince Po. Monch has been pushing the envelope on lyricism and artistry for almost twenty years and there is no sign of him letting up anytime soon. With a new album, Desire, and collaborations with producers The Alchemist and Black Milk, old school to new school alike respect the Pharoahe. His unique delivery and wordplay make him one of the most popular New York rappers and we at the Brooklyn Bodega are excited to have him on board.
Styles P will be adding his no nonsense lyrical style to the 5th Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. As the landscape of hip-hop is changing with many eclectic artists labeled everything from emo-rap to hipster rap, there are still MCs who give you the streets, straight no chaser, no fairy tales, no lies. Styles P is one of the game's premier MCs with an unwavering and relentless delivery. Styles first stormed the scene as a member of The LOX. The trio consisting of Styles, Jadakiss and Sheek Louch were part of the original Ruff Ryders family that including DMX and Eve. The LOX released the classics, "Money, Power, Respect" and "Wild Out." After leaving Bad Boy the trio has embarked on successful solo careers. Styles P dropped his solo debut A Gangsta and A Gentlemen in 2002 and since has dropped two other solo albums and countless mixtapes. He recently released the hit single, "Blow Your Mind" with longtime producer and mentor Swizz Beats. Styles is one of the few MC's in the marketplace who can move between the mainstream and backpack/progressive space with ease and respect.
Mixtape impresario J Period has been a staple of the Festival for years. His sets have produced some of the best highlights from the Festival. Keith Murray, Parrish Smith, Jeru, Chubb Rock, Crazy Legs and more. J Period's exclusive mixtapes featuring Q-Tip and Lauryn Hill are industry standards. This year J Period and Brooklyn Bodega are taking the execution up a notch by producing a live Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival mixtape featuring performances from all the acts and guests that hit the stage. Contributors to the live mixtape will be rolled out every week between now and June 20th.
Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Executive Director Wes Jackson, "We are more than pleased when we look at our lineup so far. Our goal has always been to unite the Hip-Hop audience under one banner. Monch, Styles and Smif N Wessun represent different branches of the Hip-Hop tree. They defy the labels stamped on them. Monch is conscious rapper who is at equal ease on the bully pulpit as he is in the club. Some know him for Organized Konfusion's 'Releasing Hypnotical Gasses.' Some know him for the anthem 'Simon Says.' Styles is supposed to be a gangster rapper but has done some of his best work with Talib Kweli. His song 'I'm Black' was one of the most provocative and conscious songs of the past 10 years. So provocative that he risked his deal with Interscope just to get it out. Smif N Wessun is a local act that are just as popular in Japan as they are in Crown Heights. And J Period is the glue that keeps us all connected. This lineup is diversity. This is Hip-Hop. Hopefully we can get Styles and Monch to do 'My Life.'"
Styles P, Pharoahe Monch and J Period will be joining Brooklyn's own Smif N Wessun who were announced last week. Dru Ha, Co-Owner of Duck Down Records
"The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is one of the most talked about events of the Spring. Brooklynites line up hours in advance of the show to partake in what has become a yearly tradition that provides quality entertainment for the Community. It's an honor to work with Brooklyn Bodega who strives to unite aspiring artists with renowned veterans. In the words of Smif N Wessun, "Bucktown I represent it on the love love. Deeply routed from my Timbz to my ____." If you can fill in the rest we already know you're rocking with us. 360 degrees back home, we'll see everyone June 20th at Fulton Ferry State Park."
More acts including the winner of the 'Show and Prove' contest will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 5th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival takes place on June 20th, 2009 from 12-8pm at Empire Fulton Ferry State Park.
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