(AllHipHop News) After a successful 2011 festival in which fans were surprised by the appearances of A-listers such as Kanye West, Brooklyn Bodega has announced that Busta Rhymes will headline their 8th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF).
Cash Money signee and 20+ year rap veteran Busta Rhymes is no stranger to the BHF, having made a cameo appearance as part of the star-studded “Friends” lineup to support his longtime pal, Q-Tip. Brooklyn Bodega representatives said that Busta Rhymes was a good fit for the ” ‘…and Friends’ concept, where headliners are carefully chosen to not only reflect the mission of the Festival but also to be honored by it.”
“One of the most interesting things that kept coming up when we talked about Busta in the office is all the different ‘Bustas’ there were,” said Wes Jackson, Brooklyn Bodega’s executive director. “Busta to me is the skinny kid from ‘Sound Of The Zeekers’. To other cats in the office he is the muse of Hype Williams and the definitive artist of the video era. To younger fans he is the guy who killed it on the Chris Brown song. To purists he was Dilla’s biggest supporter after Q-Tip.
“Just as Q-Tip was in 2011, Busta is the embodiment of what Brooklyn Bodega and The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is all about. Diversity, inspiration, longevity all fueled by an undeniable love for the music and culture,” Jackson added.
About their headliner selection, Brooklyn Bodega was quick to note that Busta Rhymes has collaborated with Hank Shocklee, Q-Tip, Dr. Dre, Dilla, MOP, Janet Jackson, Diddy, Swizz [Beatz], The Fugees, Nas, and more. His recent linking with Lil Wayne and the YMCMB family has since made him relevant to a new generation of Hip-Hop enthusiasts.
“People have been asking how we are going to top last year when Q-Tip brought out Kanye. I think we figured it out,” Jackson said.