ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT: DIAMOND DISTRICT, LARGE PROFESSOR, J. PERIOD, RAKAA IRISCIENCE, DJ BABU & UNCLE RALPH MCDANIELS TO PERFORM DURING 2010 BROOKLYN HIP-HOP FESTIVAL WEEK Brooklyn, NY June 24, 2010
Brooklyn Bodega, producers of the 6th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF) announces today the addition of Diamond District, Large Professor, J. Period, Rakaa Iriscience, DJ Babu and Uncle Ralph McDaniels to the 2010 lineup.
DC’s own Diamond District and mixtape king and BHF repeat offender, J. Period will perform on the 6th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival‘s main stage. Two-thirds of California trio Dilated Peoples, Rakaa Iriscience and DJ Babu, will bring their West Coast stylings to the thousands in attendance. Hip-Hop pioneer, entrepreneur and visionary, Uncle Ralph McDaniels will again host for the fifth time. The legendary Large Professor will be on the wheels of steel during the Show & Prove Super Bowl on Monday, July 5th.
“Diamond District released one of the best albums of 2009 with In The Ruff. For a lot of people BHF ’10 will be their first taste of the Washington, D.C. trio and they will not be disappointed. J. Period is one of the few acts that have participated in The Festival for multiple years. His live mixtape with special guests has been a consistent Festival highlight. This year he has even a few more tricks up his sleeve that may even be better than Black Thought last year. We’re also honored to have Rakaa Iriscience and DJ Babu on hand, further highlighting Hip-Hop’s cross-regional artistry.And of course we are honored to have our mentor, Uncle Ralph back as our host. His dedication to Hip-Hop for over 20 years is our inspiration. If that was not enough The Extra Large Professor will be joining us for July 5th’s ‘Show and Prove’ Super Bowl. A great lineup just got better.”
– Wes Jackson, Executive Director, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.
Diamond District, J. Period, Rakaa Iriscience, DJ Babu and Large Professor join a BHF 2010 lineup loaded with some of the best in Hip Hop: Black Milk, Masta Ace, Bobbito Garcia, DJ Rob Swift, DJ Spinna, Waajeed, DJ Rhettmatic, Money Making Jam Boys, Curren$y, Fashawn, Skyzoo, the Duck Down Records 15th Anniversary celebration featuring Buckshot, 5FT, Smif N Wessun and DJ Evil Dee, and the BHF 2010 headliner, the legendary De La Soul.
About the Artists
Diamond District – This D.C. threesome is composed of MC and producer Oddisee and former solo artists X.O. & YU. The highly anticipated debut album, In the Ruff, is the answer to any questions about where all the grimy East Coast Hip Hop has gone. The group was founded by rapper/producer Oddisee, who has a long list of production & collaboration credits with the likes of Freeway, Talib Kweli, Saigon, Little Brother, Charles Hamilton, Jazzy Jeff, J-Live, Lil Fame of M.O.P., Skyzoo, and many more. In The Ruff is available for purchase at myspace.com/diamonddistrictdmv.
DJ Babu — One-third of Hip-Hop trio Dilated Peoples, Babu has won multiple DJ ITF titles and Vestax World Championships. Also a member of the Beat Junkies DJ crew, he is famous for redefining the art of beat juggling and producing arguably the genre’s most popular battle record, Super Duck Breaks.
Large Professor – Also known as The Extra P, The Large Professor originally became involved in Hip Hop when he won a tryout held by Main Source members K-Cut and Sir Scratch in 1989. With Main Source they released the classic album Breaking Atoms with the hit singles “Looking At The Front Door” among others. He soon after became a full-time producer working with the likes of Big Daddy Kane, A Tribe Called Quest, Eric B. & Rakim, Nas, and Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth. His 2002 solo debut, 1st Class, featured appearances by artists including Nas, Q-Tip, and Busta Rhymes.
J. Period – With DJ & Remix work for Grammy-winners Lauryn Hill, The Roots, and Mary J. Blige under his belt, J. Period has become one of Hip-Hop’s undisputed Mixtape Kings and most respected DJ/Producers. In 2009, his viral mixtape marketing campaigns for artists including Q-Tip, K’NAAN, and rising star Nneka earned over 2 million combined downloads/streaming plays online and were widely cited among the year’s best. Visit jperiod.com for more information.
Rakaa Iriscience — A true Hip-Hop veteran, Rakaa was a graffiti artist before becoming an Emcee. He is a member of the legendary Rock Steady Crew, Universal Zulu Nation, and one-third of California trio, Dilated Peoples. Rakaa’s solo debut album, Crown of Thorns, will be released on July 20, 2010 on Decon Records.
“Uncle” Ralph McDaniels – Uncle Ralph is the original creator of the Video Music Box, the first music video program geared specifically towards an urban market. Video Music Box was the precursor to programs like BET’s Rap City and 106 & Park, as well as MTV’s TRL, making McDaniels a true pioneer throughout all of music and entertainment. Visit myspace.com/uncleralph for more information.
For more information on the Festival week of events and to catch up on the latest BHF 2010 news check out the new site www.BKHipHopFestival.com.
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