On July 13th, 2013, I had the opportunity to make it out to the final installment of the BHHF 2013 - The 9th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival , hosted by the Brooklyn Bodega. Although I was about 20 - 30 rows back, I was able to get a few shots amidst the roaring fans, extra-large umbrellas and some overly enthusiastic media people who decided to share the stage with the head lining artists.
As the rain continued to come down I actually thought for a moment I may get a chance to get closer to the stage, but then Uncle Ralph McDaniels’ came to the stage and announced to the crowd - REDMAN is on his Way! Then all of a sudden umbrellas started popping up and a scatter of youngling started mounting on the shoulders of the hip hop parents throughout the awaiting spectators. I can't front, even if I didn't have my camera, there was no way I was going to miss the chance to see EPMD (Erick Sermon + Parrish Smith) and the Funk Doc do their thing.
More it rained the more people bounced and swayed to the Djs who began to clashed sounds. Being content with my little photo-pit in the back, I two-stepped my way to the Grindin' Ville section of the event and picked up a Fish Po'Boy with extra hot sauce - and it was Slammin'! The energy was fly and everyone was having a goodtime. Waiting faithfully the fans pulled out more umbrellas and the grocery bag hats. All for the love of Hip Hop!
Then BOOM... it was Time 4 Sum Aksion! Redman hits the stage with the lyrical energetic rap level of 10. Then 1, 2, 3, he began dropping classic after classic. Redman's famous cousin from MTV Cribs - Sugar Bear debuted his new joint and I have to say he also did his thing. The dude is a natural. Then Redman brought out - "DoItAll" aka "Funky Child" from the Lords of the Underground - the crowd went crazy. By the time they cued Redman that his time was over, he was actually about 5 rows in the crowd challenging the fans to do Method Man's part from their collabo "Da Rockwilder." Dope performance! I hear the Muddy Waters 2 is in the making…
Up next were the legends, EPMD. Pioneers of the art of mcee'ing, teamed with one of hip hop's illest turntable technicians, DJ Scratch. Personally it was a historic moment for me. Because I remember the day my older cousin played his new audio cassette of EPMD’s You Gots To Chill. Since that day I followed and supported their music thru their growth, their separation, their independent projects, their reunitement and now to see them on stage. Tag teaming the audience and dropping jewels only true hip hop heads like myself would appreciate. It was great seeing all 3 of them as unit, a hip hop group again.
Unfortunately I did not get any shots of the finisher, Pusha-T. I was too far back and couldn’t get good exposer. I heard he closed out strong. Who knows maybe next year, I’ll get to shoot for the Brooklyn Bodega. Stay tuned!!!
Hey, also here are a couple of ill shots of DJ Big Kap and DJ Scratch at the BHHF after party at SRB Brooklyn. ***DJ Scratch has the Flyest Business Card I ever seen. Salute!