BHF ‘11 - Bodega Education Initiative

Day Three of the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

This year’s BEI took over the Pratt Institute & moved Beyond the Mic, featuring discussion panels on Hip Hop journalism, sampling, industry & more, as well as a performance from the J Dilla Ensemble from Berklee School of Music.

Hosted by Sarah Meier
Directed/Edited by Boom Dayupay

Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest (photo recap)

I spent the entire day in BK yesterday, enjoying some great people and most importantly awesome music. With the likes of Random Axe, Rah Digga, Q-tip and surprise guests Black Thought, KANYE, and BUSTA! I found myself side/stagebound in what formed into a mini-mosh-pit when Kanye came out, needless to say once the “award tour” beat started any concern went out the window as I became one with my inner mosh and sang along as well as jumped with some much taller people, lol. This was my first time at BHHF and it was memorable, the energy was so live and the vibe was amazing. Q-tip is by far the livest dude on this earth, wow! That man can put on a show!

NOTE: I hardly do photos in black and white but I felt the vibe captured would be complimented in B&W. :)

black milk

JFD :)


Jesse Boykins& Mel D. Cole

rah digga

Sean price

Kendrick Lamar


homeboy sandman




JENESIS Magazine Presents: Top Artists To Look For In 2012 sponsored by Twelve Bar & Brooklyn Bodega

On Monday, December 12th JENESIS Magazine will be releasing for a full week, twice a day, its group of Top Artists To Look For In 2012. Co-Sponsored by Twelve Bar and Brooklyn Bodega, we’ve chosen a hardworking group of independent artist who have worked their way out of the sea of unheard individuals. Making great advances in their careers in 2011, these artists have been receiving noticeable nods from fans, blog sites, and some well known individuals. Along with their profiles, we will be posting up an additional post of 5 songs provided by the artist that they felt summed up their career until now. We’ve had a good record at profiling your next favorites for the past 4 years (ahem Wiz halifa, Mac Miller, Dom Kennedy, Casey Veggies) so you might want to pay close attention.







Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival - Q-Tip and Kanye//

For those of you who missed Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival this weekend including myself here is a little taste of the intimate setting where Kanye showed up for Q-Tip’s set. It seems like the only way you can get a piece of Kanye is if are in the right place at the right time. 

If you see a super super tall dude wilin’ out like it’s nobodies business that would be my boyfriends roommate Tim. Kanye is his favorite. Until seeing this performance Tim would go on and on about how he’s never seen Kanye and how disappointed he was that he had missed him on another occasion. I would have paid some good money for the chance to have seen Tim’s face the moment Kanye stepped on stage.

-music from my ears. to yours. with love. jp


BHF ‘11 - The Bodega Awards

Day Five of The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.

The First Annual Bodega Recognition Awards was held to recognize and celebrate positive contributions to Hip Hop Music and Culture. Awards were given for best Public Event Producer, best Event Producer, Outstanding Publication and best Independent Record Label, among many others. Nominees include Summer Stage, HipHopDX, Duck Down and XXL.

Hosted by Sarah Meier
Directed/Edited by Boom Dayupay
Photos by Photo Rob & Lucas Farrar


Video from the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival!

(my little interview is at 2:02)



Canadian MC & BHF ‘11 Performer Eternia sat down with Brooklyn Bodega to discuss the importance of her stage show. Whether in a small venue or rocking a crowd of thousands, the Juno Award nominee breaks down barriers (figuratively & literally) with her passionate performances.

Make sure you check out Eternia at the 2011 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, featuring performances by Q-Tip & friends, Random Axe, M.O.P. & more!!!

Special Thanks to PNC Studios.


[#HIPHOP] @BrooklynBodega x @BKHipHopFest announce @MobbDeep, @Lionbabe, @CharlesHamilton, @PitchBlakBrass Band & @DJRobSwift
Hosted by DJ Ralph McDaniels & Torae to the 2015 program lineup! 
July 8-11, 2015 | July 11: 50 Kent Ave Brooklyn NY 11249
Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

We are three months away from the 11th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival and the lineup and programming is starting to fill out. We are thrilled than to announce Mobb Deep will be joining our lineup as they celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the seminal classic, “The Infamous”.

One of the most prolific and original groups in hip hop, the infamous Mobb Deep are still a very active force in today’s music industry with twenty years of experience. The group has appeared on records that have sold over 40 million copies.  From the Queensbridge neighborhood of NYC, the duo has been responsible for delivering some of the most popular and forever current anthems in rap music. Tracks like “Survival Of The Fittest’” “Shook Ones Part II” and “Quiet Storm” have remained significant and still move crowds from NY to Tokyo. Mobb Deep’s ability to perfectly describe their gritty surroundings and lifestyle always made them a first choice for music writers and critics across the board. Mobb Deep have graduated to the role of cult group; today, they are followed by a new wave of cutting edge music listeners, as well as their original core foundation of hip hop aficionados. More Info


Constantly embracing polarity, mixing and matching sounds and visuals to create something new and unique - LION BABE.  They are comprised of Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman. Jillian is coincidentally the daughter of this writer’s childhood celebrity crush, Vanessa Williams. They are dope in ways not easily described. Soulful R&B that makes you think of Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill taking lessons from Nina Simone.  Add some true school Hip-Hop and that edge that makes you know there are unique and special. More Info


Musician. Producer. Songwriter. Lyricist. Genius. Psycho. Hippie. Sonic the Hedgehog. These words all connect through one name: Charles Hamilton. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Charles Hamilton was exposed to music at an early age. He received major recognition after being featured on the cover of the XXL’s 2009 Freshmen cover issue and signing with Interscope Records. He says listening to other genres of music, being exposed to different cultures and experiencing life helped mold his musical sound. Most of his music is sample-driven inspired by a range of artists including Incubus, N*E*R*D, Jay-Z, Modest Mouse, Korn, Dr. Dre, Thelonious Monk, Aerosmith, 50 Cent, Marilyn Manson, Alchemist, The Isley Brothers, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails, and Hi-Tek, Charles Hamilton spends countless hours in the studio, perfecting his craft and his signature sound. More Info


PitchBlak Brass Band is a Brooklyn-based 10-piece band whose style and sound represents hip-hop from the 1980s to present day. A collective of young musicians, composers and artists, PitchBlak embodies the contemporary and vibrant undercurrents of New York City. PitchBlak’s members have incredibly diverse musical backgrounds, allowing them to infuse Hip-Hop driven music with anything under the sun. More Info


Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival host Ralph McDaniels is one of the most important figures in Hip-Hop. He single handedly introduced Hip-Hop to video as a medium for expression. His groundbreaking show, ‘Video Music Box’ is the template for 'Rap City’, Yo! MTV Raps’ and countless others.  The creator of the 'shout out’ Uncle Ralph is Hip-Hop royalty respected by legends like Jay-Z down to Joey Bada$$. An entrepreneur, radio host, DJ, VJ and speaker Ralph is constantly in the community pushing Hip-Hop forward. It is a blessing to be able to welcome him back for the 10th time as our host. More Info


Born in 1972 and raised in Jackson Heights, Queens, Swift (born Robert Aguilar) initially learned to rock the house with some hands-on help from his DJ dad and older brother. “My dad was a salsa and merengue DJ. My brother learned how to scratch and do all the hip hop deejaying stuff on my dad’s equipment (without his permission) and I’d sit there and watch him. When I entered the sixth grade, I decided I wanted to learn.” And so, Swift got busy educating himself in the classic turntable beats of the early '80s New York playground pioneers while listening to cool funk and hot jazz sides at home. He will be returning as our official house DJ for the 2015 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. More Info


Torae gained recognition by collaborating with DJ Premier and Marco Polo. He and Polo went on to receive critical acclaim for their collaborative LP entitled Double Barrel.  In addition to Marco Polo and Premier, Torae has worked with producers Pete Rock., Black Milk, 9th Wonder, Large Professor & many others. He also is a personality and host for several shows on Sirius/XM’s Hip-Hop nation. The Coney Island native is Brooklyn and has served as co-host for The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival for the past three years. We are excited to have him back. More Info