Brooklyn Bodega, producers of the annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF), are proud to announce that legendary Brooklyn MC, Busta Rhymes will be headlining the 8th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.

*BHF tickets have gone on sale to the general public online via Eventbrite*

Festivalgoers from 2011 will remember Busta’s show stopping cameo with long time collaborator and friend, Q-Tip. The Flatbush MC was part of Q-Tip’s “Friends” and helped launched The Festival’s ” …..and Friends” concept where headliners are carefully chosen to not only reflect the mission of the Festival but also to be honored by it.

Brooklyn Bodega wanted to work with Busta as his 20+ year career is as rare in Hip-Hop as is his signature style. From forming Leaders Of the New School to collaborating with Chris Brown, Busta has set the standard for creating a fortified and powerful career that has helped Hip-Hop grow and evolve from the streets of New York to the most powerful voice on the planet.

Brooklyn’s own Trevor Smith has endured multiple deals, group break ups and the ever fickle admiration of fans and critics. No other artist has been able to touch so many spheres in Hip-Hop. From working and signing with Dr. Dre, mentoring artists like Roc Marciano to now joining foster with Lil Wayne‘s YMCMB roster.

While Busta is know for his hits like “Whoo Ha“, “Put Your Hands When My Eyes Can See“, “Another Case of the PTA” with Leaders Of The New School, and a host of others, he also worked extensively with the likes of the late James “J Dilla” Yancey, The Bomb Squad (Public Enemy, Ice Cube) and The Large Professor. His connections to the best and brightest go deeper as for years the late legendary Grandmaster Roc Raida manned the Technics 1200’s as Busta’s DJ.

“One of the most interesting things that kept coming up when we talked about Busta in the office is all the different ‘Bustas’ there were. Busta to me is the skinny kid from ‘Sound Of The Zeekers’. To other cats in the office he is the muse of Hype Williams and the definitive artist of the video era. To younger fans he is the guy who killed it on the Chris Brown song. To purists he was Dilla’s biggest supporter after Q-Tip. Just as Q-Tip was in 2011, Busta is the embodiment of what Brooklyn Bodega and The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is all about. Diversity, inspiration, longevity all fueled by an undeniable love for the music and culture. Who else has rocked with Hank Shocklee, Q-Tip, Dr. Dre, Dilla, MOP, Janet Jackson, Diddy, Swizz [Beatz], The Fugees, and Nas. People have been asking how we are going to top last year when Q-Tip brought out Kanye. I think we figured it out.”

Wes Jackson

President & Executive Director, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Just as he did with Q-Tip in 2011, BHF Executive Director, Wes Jackson will be working with Busta and his team to curate a list of “Friends” who will help celebrate Busta’s career and impact.

Moreover, Busta Rhymes’ career will serve as the inspiration for much of BHF’12 week. Events from Tuesday’s Bodega Education Initiative (BEI) to Thursday’s Salute The DJ and Friday’s Dummy Clap Film Festival will reflect the vitamin fortified career of Busta Rhymes.

The Bodega Agency, Brooklyn Bodega’s marketing firm who handles marketing and business development for the Festival, is also working to create a cadre of unique content to support this year’s inspiration. In the pipeline is a Busta Rhymes documentary, an exclusive mixtape and a webisode series.

Dates for the 8th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival are July 9th-14th, 2012.


Tickets are available for individual dates of the Festival as well as limited weekly passes via or Eventbrite


There are a limited amount of early bird tickets available for the Final Day so be sure to clickety click now.


Tickets will soon be available for purchase at retail stores. Locations to be announced.

For a complete description of BHF ’12 week’s events visit or click here

More artist and venue information to be announced soon!


DATE: Saturday, July 14th, 2012


TIME: 12-8PM


LOCATION: Pier 3, Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO, BK

About The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival:

As New York City’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event, the Festival showcases the positive aspects of Hip-Hop culture by highlighting Hip-Hop’s legacy as an agent of artistic progression, community building and social change. BHF 2012 events will continue to reflect the full range of Hip-Hop culture, which spans music, film, academics, grassroots empowerment and more.


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Want to get involved? Here is how:


Sponsorship Opportunities: All interested parties should email Pamela Bishop at [email protected] and/or [email protected] for more information.


Vendor Opportunities: All interested parties should email Amy Collado at [email protected] and/or [email protected]for more information and fill out the 2012 Vendor Application.


Call For Volunteers: Reach out and come join this dynamic group of cultural advocates by filling out the BHF’12 Volunteer Form.


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