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A Music Box, A Basement & MTV

During Hip-Hop’s Golden Age there were typically three shows that came to mind when you wanted to see your favorite rappers: Video Music Box, Yo! MTV Raps, and Rap City. If you wanted to see Hip-Hop on TV, these were your platforms. These shows were respected, recognizable forces to be reckoned with during their heydays. Even though there was quite …

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Jadakiss’ “Kiss of Death” 13th Year Anniversary

As the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival enters its 13th year in 2017, today also marks the 13th anniversary for Jadakiss’ sophomore classic, “Kiss of Death” that released on June 22nd, 2004. The album sold 246,000 copies in its first week, peaking on the Billboard 200. It was released by Ruff Ryders Entertainment and Interscope Records. The album’s first single was “Why” featuring …

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The Stretch & Bobbito Show: A Tale of Two Underground Pioneers

It’s a Thursday evening on March 16th, 1995. You just came home from your job, school, or maybe even your grandma’s house after a family dinner. It’s around 8PM, but you’re mentally preparing to stay up past 1AM to tune into the Stretch & Bobbito Show on 89.9 WKCR FM; you might stay up until the show ends at 5AM, …

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Life of The Infamous One: Remembering Prodigy

The news of Prodigy’s death rocked the Hip-Hop industry, leaving many to react with disbelief, condolences, and reminisce over their memories with him. The 42 year-old rapper passed away in Las Vegas June 20 from complications from sickle-cell anemia. Besides being one-half of iconic duo Mobb Deep, he was also a father, an author, and had his own label, Infamous …

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The Collective: A Spotlight On Dreamville’s Very Own

The East Coast. The West Coast. The Midwest. The South. Three rappers from different parts of the country come together as part of J. Cole’s Dreamville Records. But what is it about Bas, Cozz, and Omen that make them so uniquely authentic? From Bas’ Queens origins by way of his Sudanese roots, to Cozz’s lyrical versatility and relatability, and Omen’s …

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Journalism In The Age of Hip-Hop

Throughout history, it’s always been proven that change is inevitable. Even in the 21st Century, technology has advanced tenfold as opposed to the days of PCs and dial-up. Gone are the days where print media ruled the method in which we received information. Thanks to technological advancements, many newspapers and magazines have ditched their physical prints in favor of being …

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Hip-Hop In The Digital Age: The Truth About Streaming

In the last decade, countless albums have gone platinum several times over. No matter what genre, you can always count on seeing a handful of albums that have commercially stood out from the rest. But a feat that is almost rare, especially in this day and age, is achieving Diamond-certified status. In order for an album to receive diamond certification …

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The Legend of Dapper Dan, Hip-Hop’s Most Iconic Tailor

You’ve heard the name before. Most of your favorite rappers and celebrities rocked his designs during the peak of Hip-Hop’s Golden Age. But there’s more than what meets the eye when it comes down to Hip-Hop’s most iconic tailor and designer. From his humble beginnings growing up on 129th Street and Lexington Ave. in Harlem, Daniel “Dapper Dan” Day has …

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2017 Ticket and Programming Breakdown

Let’s break down the Festival ticket information so you know what you’re getting as the Festival draws closer. TICKET INFORMATION EVENT BREAKDOWN (Remember each day is a different event. The concert is the Finale.) Told It First Hand – A Conversation with Rakim Date/Time: July 10th – 7pm – 9pm Location: The Brooklyn Historical Society – 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, …

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Got Finale Concert Withdrawals? Here’s A Quick Fix

Our 12th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival went off this past Saturday without a hitch and we couldn’t be more proud.  Yeah, we’re patting ourselves on the back for it.  After months of hard work and planning and hitting a few bumps on the road (some more like craters), to be able to witness the crowd reflect such intense energy once …

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Finale Concert Starts Off Right With Second Stage

The 12th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival kicked off the final day with a vengeance. People from all walks of life came together to celebrate what they know and love: Hip-Hop. Returning to the Brooklyn Bridge Park for the first time in two years, the Finale Concert didn’t disappoint. From Rapsody’s announcement of signing to Roc Nation, seeing up-and-coming artists OSHUN …

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Hip-Hop Flows All Night At Juice

As day three of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival went down, the Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition showcased every element of Hip-Hop. From the classic way of dancing, to the emcees, even the DJs who kept the crowd going. Juice effortlessly flowed from sequence to sequence and the performers never missed a beat. Juice first opened up with an exhibition of art by …

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The Dummy Clap Film Festival – A Success!

  Our Dummy Clap Film Festival, in partnership with the English Department at Medgar Evers College, celebrated Hip-Hop through film and the moving image.  Audience members were given the opportunity to watch classic films, shorts and documentaries followed by discussions with famed directors, editors and creators from within the film industry.  With intellectual discussions and critiques that honed in on these films’ …