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The Annual celebration of Hip-Hop Music and Culture produced by lovers of Hip-Hop and the planet of Brooklyn.
The Annual celebration of Hip-Hop Music and Culture produced by lovers of Hip-Hop and the planet of Brooklyn.
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This year, marks the 8th anniversary of The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF). Established in 2005, this event has grown from a parking lot to the largest Hip-Hop cultural event in New York City on the Brooklyn Downtown waterfront that attracts over 20,000 Hip-Hop fans to the Borough of Kings annually.

The only event of its kind, The Festival is produced by Brooklyn Bodega and staffed by 90% volunteers and family-run. In a world where being a Hip-Hop artist has become synonymous with being a corporate citizen; The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is a throwback to the DIY, entrepreneurial spirit of Hip-Hop.

In 2011 the Festival accomplished the unbelievable, a bill that boasted the legendary Q-Tip (of A Tribe Called Quest) for a special “& Friends” presentation.  The Festival stage was blessed by the likes of Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Black Thought (of The Roots) and more – all for a general admission ticket price of $15.

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Kanye West & Q-Tip at the 7th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
Kanye West & Q-Tip at the 7th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

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Because of last year’s accomplishment, the bar has been set very high for us. A combination of production and talent costs are threatening the Festival’s mission statement of keeping ticketing affordable.


Busta Rhymes...The Mighty Infamous
Busta Rhymes...The Mighty Infamous

Our headliner is the dungeon dragon himself, Busta Rhymes.  “Busta & Friends” will take Festival-goers on a ride from Leaders of The New School to YMCMB and everywhere in between.

Click here for a full calendar of events and information on the 2012 headlining presentation of “Busta & Friends”

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We are appreciative of help from our sponsors but it is honestly not enough. We produce this event from the rooter to the tooter.  That means we are responsible for everything from insurance and permits to backline and hospitality to Porta Pottys and marketing.  The easy play for us would be to raise the ticket price and pass the cost along to our patrons.  Problem with that is, events of such a nature bring a homogenized crowd. Young families to kids from Farragut Projects around the corner will be locked out.  Representing the vast diversity of Brooklyn is where we draw our strength.  

Wes Jackson, Executive Director, Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
Wes Jackson, Executive Director, Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Our Executive Director loves to tell the story (over and over again) of how growing up in the South Bronx, Hip-Hop was free (as long as your Mom let you stay out late).  That low financial barrier to entry is what gave Hip-Hop its power.  Our songs of revolution resonated from Hunt’s Point to Compton.  That is our mission.  Not to be another cog in the machine but to continue to be the voice of the people, the voice of the revolution. 

With your help, we can continue to keep this event affordable, putting legends and up-and-coming Hip-Hop talent on a stage that is accessible to all no matter their social or economic status.

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Your part in this: Brooklyn Bodega is calling on like-minded Bodega Soldiers to put their money where their mouth is and get some skin in the game. We also ask that  you share our message or maybe donate a bit of time.

At the end of the day The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is for the people by the people. Let’s keep it that way.

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Goal Uno: $15,000 – immediate: applied toward Talent Fees, Production Costs, Marketing Costs, Insurance, Permits and those little hot dogs in a croissant so our staff can eat.

Goal Dos: $30,000 – mid-term: little duns funds, create more discounted ticket programs. pay volunteer staff who donate time.

Goal Tres: $75,000 – long-term: next year, keep Festival affordable, create year-round satellite events, head start for 2013 planning

Larger gifts and tax deductions: If you are interested in supporting this project at a higher level, or interested in receiving tax deductions for your support, please get in touch with Pamela Bishop to discuss further opportunities.

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at the park this July!

@bkhiphopfest, @brooklynbodega

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    A Thank you e-mail and video message PLUS - Added to the Bodega Soldiers email list that gives you access to official Festival updates.

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    A Thank you e-mail and video message PLUS - Added to the Bodega Soldiers list Includes artist announcements, flash sales, giveaways and more AND your name listed as a special Festival contributor on the bkhiphopfestival.com.

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    All of the above PLUS access to exclusive & official BHF content (interviews, audio, photos, video, etc.) before they are released to the general public. Our team will be capturing behind the scenes, audio straight from the board and long form interviews. It will be like you never left the park.

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    One (1) VIP pass for Final Day, access to VIP Lounge complete with swag and other various merriment. Plus all of the above.

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    One (1) week-long expedited line pass. Gets you into every BHF '12 event. You get the skip the line plus VIP on Final Day and drink tickets. Fly T-Shirt plus name on the site and addition to the special mailing list.

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    Lunch with founder of Video Music Box and BHF host, Ralph McDaniels and Festival Executive Director, Wes Jackson.

    Wes and Ralph like to meet at the legendary Junior's (home of the cheescake), but we can pick a spot where we can all get down. There are so many great spots in Brooklyn we can't go wrong.

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    All Access Backstage pass on Final Day. This is not for sale anywhere but here on Kickstarter. Not only do you get to hang with our staff and wonderful artists but there would be plenty of food, drink and swag for all. This one is a killer.

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    Be our guest Co-host of Final Day (Sat. 7/14). Share the stage with Uncle Ralph as we bring out the best and brightest to rock the Brooklyn waterfront . A fan's dream to stand in front of 20,000 and be the maestro.

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    Be the Mayor of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.

    For this super hero we will bestow the title of Mayor of the 8th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival complete with sash and all. You will be listed on the site and in the program as such.

    10 VIP tickets to Final Day
    Backstage Pass for 2
    Food and Drink all day
    Introduction as our own Mayor McCheese on stage.
    and our eternal thanks.

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    “Champion of The People.”

    Our 2012 Champion will be given the title belt to have and to hold all Festival week.

    -Free tickets for you and friends to all Festival events.
    -Backstage Passes for (3) on Final Day
    -10 VIP tickets to Final Day
    -The honor of introducing Busta Rhymes on The Final Day
    and of course our eternal gratitude

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