Busta Rhymes to Headline 2012 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Brooklyn native Busta Rhymes will be headlining this year’s Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, happening July 9th to the 14th.

While the full lineup has yet to be announced, Busta Rhymes will be curating the entire day’s events (July 16). They’re calling it “Busta Rhymes and Friends” As the festival goes into it’s eighth year, organized by the folks at Brooklyn Bodega blog, It’s something of a natural progression from last year’s edition with Q-tip where he brought out Busta to perform “Scenario” (Other surprise guests at that show included Kanye West, Black Thought and Monie Love.) This year it’s Busta’s turn to take center stage and bring out his own share of guests.


Busta and Brooklyn Bodega will be filling out the rest of the lineup in days to come, but general tickets are on sale now.


*2012 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Calendar of Events*

Show & Prove Super Bowl (MON. 7/9) – A showcase of independent and local Hip-Hop talent plus a DJ competition. There will be three preliminary S&P events in April, May and June. The 3 artist winners will compete for the opportunity to open up on the Main Stage while the 3 DJ winners will compete for the chance to be the Festival’s house DJ that performs in front of 20,000+ fans.

Styles Upon Styles Art Show (TUES. 7/10) – Curated art gallery showing of New York City’s most established and up-and-coming street artists, graffiti kings, and Hip-Hop photographers.

Bodega Education Initiative (WED. 7/11) – A day of panel discussions and seminars designed to explore intellectual and academic issues facing the Hip-Hop community. There will be three lead-up BEI events in April, May and June.

Salute The DJ (THURS. 7/12) – Dedicated to the backbone of Hip-Hop, the DJ. Event will feature performances by the best DJs from across the country with a diverse line-up of DJs who will represent the complexities of vinyl and advocate the art of quality DJing with turntablism dexterity, playing the best of crate digging beats and rocking the party with new and old classic records.

Bodega Recognition Awards (FRI. 7/13) – We take a moment to recognize and celebrate positive contributions to Hip-Hop music and culture. Awards will be given for best Independent MC/DJ, best Event Producer, best Streetwear Line and best Independent Record Label, among many others.

Performances (SAT. 7/14) – The culmination of the 2012 programming. Old School, New School, Funk, Soul, Local and International artists converge upon downtown Brooklyn and the waterfront for a full day of the best Hip-Hop music our culture has to offer.

Family Day (SUN. 7/14) – This “block party” celebrates the core message of Hip-Hop: social change and individual empowerment. It features music, performances and demos from a host of family centric organizations.

After Party (SAT. 7/14) – Always packed with Festival-goers, artists and attendees celebrate the end of Festival week with surprise performances and DJ sets.

*Venues TBA

Click here to visit Bodega TV for recap videos on BHF ’11 events and Main Day performances.