Monthly Archives: February 2009
Brooklyn Bodega announced today the first three contestants for “Show and Prove” The 2009 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival competition to find the best opening act. They are Children Of The Night (COTN), Wordspit, and Zyron Collective.
COTN is Remy Banks, Lansky & Versa hailing from Queens, New York. COTN is currently prepping their freshmen mixtape release “100%” www.cotnmusic.com
Wordspirit is Brooklyn born, Chris Dupree. Raised by a drug ailed mother and a street hustling musician as a father, he made his imagination his refuge. Since the third grade, Spit’s fluid freestyles and uncanny metaphors have moved from the lunchroom to the lights of center stage. www.myspace.com/wordspit.
Zyron Collective‘s first album, “Welcome to Planet Zyron” with dynamic sounds similar to the legends of De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and Pharcyde, the Zyron Collective has been able to reach out to fans of the old school style of hip hop. www.myspace.com/zyroncollective
In addition to the up and coming MC’s rocking the stage at Public Assembly on March 19th, Brooklyn Bodega is pleased to announce the addition of several special invited guests.
First up is the legendary DJ Rob Swift.
A little bit about Rob: After years of honing his cuts on the wheels of steel under the tutelage of his older brother and father, Robert Aguilar aka Rob Swift was tapped, in 1991, by a Harlem-based DJ crew called the X-Men, later the X-Cutioners, to join their ranks. Within a year he won the coveted DMC East Coast title. Rob Swift continues his relentless pursuit of fresh directions, expanding his palette into the stratosphere. In April of 2007, he dropped “As the Tables Turn”, a full length documentary DVD about his career from the past to the present.
Rob is also a part of The Cipher who are the featured band at the acclaimed Noisemakers with Peter Rosenberg. The Cipher and Revive Da Live will be debuting their “Classic Series” at “Show and Prove.”
The “Classic Series” will be a part of the three “Show and Prove” events and feature performances from Rob Swift and The Cipher rocking live remixes from the Golden Years of Hip-Hop.
“I can honestly say that I’ve never heard another band outside of The Roots interpret hip hop better. I usually find bands that try to do it but it’s flawed on so many levels but they just got the sound exactly right and translated it perfectly. ” Peter Rosenberg- Hot 97
Each month Brooklyn Bodega will be inviting BHF Alumni and Bodega Family to join the competing MC’s. The idea is to one, give the people in attendance the best show possible. Secondly, to show the MC’s on the rise where the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival can take them. The Festival has been breaking artists since its inaugural year in 2005. The 1st Annual Festival featured a North Carolina trio named Little Brother performing for the 1st time in New York. 2006 hosted the New York debut of Lupe Fiasco. In 2007 it was Kidz In The Hall and Consequence. Last year it was Blu and Mickey Factz who went on to grace the cover of XXL as a part of the Class of 2008 after performing at the 4th annual Festival.
Joining Rob Swift as our special guest for the March 19th date will be Print and Good Day and Good Night. After performing at the 2nd Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival in 2006 Print has gone on to become a force in the Hip-Hop renaissance taking New York by storm.
On the wheels of steel will be Bodega Fam DJ Parler and DJ C.J. Browne.
“Show and Prove” will take place at Public Assembly, 70 North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn March 19th, April 16th and May 21st. At each month’s event a panel of judges including Brooklyn Bodega staff will select a winner. The three winners will become the ‘Show and Prove’ finalists. On June 1st the winner will be announced via email, Twitter, Facebook and on BrooklynBodega.com. The winner will open the Festival as well as win a prize pack from YUME and Festival sponsors.
Brooklyn Bodega are the creators and producers of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. They are a collective of cultural programmers, marketing professionals, writers, designers and academics dedicated to the celebration and preservation of Hip-Hop culture. Their daily musings can be found at www.brooklynbodega.com
YUME is a multiplatformed company that looks to create avenues for independent thinkers to live and experience their dreams, by providing the very best in entertainment. Encompassing Music, Art, and Fashion, YUME strives to provide the very best products and programming while redistributing all things Music, Art, and Fashion into the YUME community. YUME also has a strong youth and adult education component.
Revive Da Live is dedicated to exposing Jazz music through Hip Hop in assurance of creating a larger awareness and appreciation for both Jazz music, live Hip Hop and all the musicians that create it. www.revivedalive.com
“Digit” announces partnership with Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes Foundation (LLF) to launch Campaign for the Arts, a nationwide initiative to keep the arts in schools.
Campaign for the Arts was created to promote artists of all genres, raise money for schools and not-for-profits and focus on providing solutions to issues that are plaguing our nation and our kids, while teaming with people worldwide to collectively help save the arts in our schools.
Founded by Digit, a Recording Artist, Songwriter and Producer, Campaign for the Arts Executives are industry leaders in Public Relations, Music and Legal Advisory. The overall team is composed of Celebrities (Entertainers), Musicians (All Genres), Radio Personalities, Record Labels, Booking Agents, Managers, Producers, Stylists, Designers, Promoters, Writers, Photographers, Sponsors, Travel Consultants, Educators, Students, Parents and Volunteers.
“As a business leader, artist, and someone who has benefited from community art programs, I understand leadership, teamwork and the importance of protecting and educating our youth through social initiatives and creative arts. My background has given me a great understanding of the value of investing in our future,” stated “Digit,” Founder.
“Our goal is to raise $150,000, by May 1, 2009 and continue raising funds thereafter. With the support of our team and generous sponsors, we can meet our goal and launch the most memorable movement ever for Arts in Education,” he added.
With assistance from Music Producers, EP’s will be used to help raise funds. This initiative will allow artists to combine their talent to make chart topping EP’s in support of this cause. The unified message is that protecting the vision and creativity of artists, is not an option.
Events given by “The Campaign” will be hosted by the Lisa Lopes Foundation and a portion of all proceeds raised will go toward the foundation. Additional proceeds will go toward the charities and schools chosen to participate as a partner in individual states. Not-for-Profit Organizations and schools will be chosen based on their level of commitment, current programs and through the recommendations of our sponsors. Join the Campaign today!
About Campaign for the Arts
Founded in 2009, by Recording Artist “Digit,” the mission of the Executives and Team of Campaign for the Arts is to collectively help save the arts in schools worldwide, bring attention to artists of all genres, raise money for schools and not-for-profits and focus on providing solutions to issues that are plaguing our nation and our kids. Visit www.campaignforthearts.com, for more info.
About Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes Foundation (LLF)
Headquartered in Stone Mountain, GA, the Lisa Lopes Foundation was developed in 2003. The mission of LLF is to transform communities by providing access to Basic Health, Education, Self-Awareness and Recreational Programs for children living in low-income communities within the US and underdeveloped communities within Central America. LLF programs center on developing and reinforcing life skills in Healthy Lifestyles, Financial Literacy, Career Development, Civic and Social Responsibility, and Cultural Arts and Awareness. Visit www.lisalopesfoundation.org, for more info.
Arrow Records, an affiliate of Creflo Dollar Ministries, announces today the signing of multi-talented gospel hip-hop artist Deshon Bullock, known professionally as Shonlock. Having an artistry and range of talents that have taken him traveling around the country, he has worked with some of secular and Christian music’s most popular acts, from Aaliyah, Arrested Development, Grammy-nominated duo Grits, Kierra “Kiki” Sheard and Trinitee 5:7 as a dancer, choreographer, and lyricist. Shonlock is currently touring with Grammy winner TobyMac.
The Illinois-bred Shonlock has grabbed attention
everywhere he goes with his exhilarating stage presence and positive sounds from his self-made and hugely popular first hip hop project. Now based in Atlanta, Shonlock’s study and hard work with Christian music’s biggest stars have paid off with his highly anticipated new album for Arrow/Universal Records. Featuring 12 scorching tracks with Shonlock’s creative blend of influences from soul, rock, and hip hop, his new album is sure to make waves in furthering the spiritually-conscious hip hop movement.
Following up on his first self-made and self-produced hip hop project, which he sold while on the road to the tune of more than 15,000 units, Shonlock is pulling out all the stops utilizing all his talents and experience on the recording of his new album. Grammy-nominated producers David “Da Monsta” Lynch and Ric “Form” Robbins oversee the 12 tracks on the new album, which includes appearances from The Katinas and Trinitee 5:7.
In the ever-growing spiritually-conscious hip hop movement, Shonlock’s exuberant performances and passionate celebration of the awesome power and gifts from trusting God delivers a fresh positive energy to the music industry and fans. Offering solace, insight and empowerment through God’s love, Shonlock’s music and lyrics strengthen the bonds between fans and faith.