Busta Rhymes’ “Friends” Revealed For Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest Concert Finale


(AllHipHop News) The culminating concert for the week-long 2012 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF’12) will continue in the tradition of previous years – by bringing artists from Hip-Hop’s storied past to celebrate their musical legacies onstage together.

This year’s BHF’12 headliner – Busta Rhymes of YMCMB – will do the same, as the festival organizers from Brooklyn Bodega report that his show on Saturday, July 14 will feature an all-star lineup from his early days on the rap scene as a member of the Native Tongue clique.

Returning to the BHF stage is Q-Tip, the longtime Busta Rhymes friend and collaborator from A Tribe Called Quest, who served as the headliner for the 2011 festival. Last year, Busta Rhymes was highlighted as a “Friend” during Q-Tip’s performance, leading some to believe that one of this year’s “Friends” may be chosen as the headliner in 2013.

According to the BHF’12, lifelong fans of Busta Rhymes will also witness a long overdue reunion of his former rap pack, Leaders of the New School, which disbanded in the mid-’90s after a scoring numerous hits on the charts such “Scenario” and “Case of the PTA”. There is no word, however, on which former group members will perform.

The 2012 “Friends” performance will also include sets from special guests Raekwon and Rakim. The ever-performing Raekwon* of Wu-Tang Clan is no stranger to the Brooklyn-themed event, and Rakim’s rare appearance comes on the heels of his recent return to recording and touring.

The BHF’12 is nearing completion, and during the week, organizers have hosted numerous events, including the “Show and Prove Bowl” MC showcase with Freeway, Evitan, and more; the Dummy Clap Film Festival with films such as The Infamous Mobb Deep documentary; the Brooklyn Bodega Education initiative with Young Guru and others; and “Salute The DJ,” a tribute to New York’s urban radio pioneers.

*Editor’s Update: Raekwon sent regrets to AllHipHop.com via Twitter – he is currently overseas and will not be in attendance at the final day concert.

Tickets are still available for tomorrow’s BHF’12 Final Day Concert and After Party. To purchase or learn more, visit www.BKHipHopFestival.com.