THE BROOKLYN HIP HOP FESTIVAL CONCERT HISTORY TOLD THROUGH THE LENS OF TYRONE Z. MCCANTS
In spite of the rise of Trap music and all the other spawned and manufactured genres of the culture, the true energy of Hip Hop is still very much alive and kicking and I have seen conversion of more non-believers through the lenses of my camera over the years at various hip hop concerts and events especially The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival in the last decade in New York City.
I moved from the Hip-Hop Capital to the Sun Valley out in the West. Arizona might not be the biggest city when it comes to hip hop (when compared with California, Philly, Chicago, and the mecca, New York ). But the city comes alive few times ayear. In November when the best of hip hop come together under one roof to spit bars for days.
This event has opened my eyes to the fact that hip hop is universal and it will continue to grow as the Arizona Hip hop festival is set to hit its 4th year anniversary with some of the biggest acts set to perform this year.
I have always been fascinated by hip hop while growing up and this is one of the reasons why I got involved in the "What is hip hop project" which has helped me shed more lights in the hip hop world in ways that folks have never seen before. This is one of the reasons why I got involved with Brooklyn Bodega and the whole Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival Concert movement, which has helped in pushing the gospel of hip hop in the last 10 years.
The Brooklyn Hip hop festival has been one of my most important events over the years because it brings me up close and personal with the custodian of the hip hop culture in an event that brings them even closer to the fans. The stage has been blessed by iconic hip-hop artists like Redman, KRS-One, Jay-ZJayz and Jay Electronica), J.cole, Wu-Tang's Raekwon the Chef and hundreds of hip hop greats and new school cats who are taking the torch and running with it.
10 Years Running
The annual events of the Brooklyn Hip Hop festival was indeed the festival of Hip Hop and it is quite amazing for me to capture the amazing images that tell the true story about the true state of Hip Hop.
I salute Wes Jackson and the Brooklyn Bodega family for keeping hip-hop strong. And now with their new venture the Bodega agency. The Brooklyn Bodega’s goal is to push the boundaries of hip hop and its culture to every part of the country and celebrate creativity above everything else.
The event agency has helped in promoting the next generation of hip hop artiste, filmmakers, executives and other stake holders through their annual festivals and numerous projects.
The company has collaborated with top brands like Tidal, Beats, Def Jam, BET, XXL magazine, Revolt and others in their events and their reach is expected to get bigger in the near future as they believe that the culture of hip hop goes beyond the studio and have set the machineries in place to push the brand beyond what it is already.
things will only get better because they are taking their contribution to Hip-Hop to a whole new level.
Hip Hop is far from dead and I’m glad I and my camera got a chance to testify to this Fact.