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In its 7th year, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is a week-long event, with programming spread throughout Brooklyn. This year it ran from July 11 to 16, and the media keeps buzzing about the headliner Q-Tip and his on-stage collaborations with Kanye West, Black Thought of The Roots and Busta Rhymes as part of “Q-Tip & Friends.”


Hip Hop Professionals

Q-Tip as an artist educates fans through hip-hop, from A Tribe Called Quest's “Left My Wallet in El Segundo” that Tip made when he was a teenager to “Vivrant Thing” that was released when he was a grown man. The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival dedicated its 2011 Festival season to Q-Tip -- the man who is a living, breathing example of a meticulous artist who takes hip-hop seriously as a culture and is a role model for up-and-coming artists.

“What people got [this past] Saturday wasn't just these huge name artists supporting our grassroots function,” explained Wes Jackson, Executive Director of The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. “Instead it was about providing a stage for hip-hop professionals that have collectively been in the game for over 60 years and whose fans literally crossed generations to come out and support them, standing side-by-side at the Festival. That's a beautiful thing.”

“After the Festival, people keep asking me: What is the connection between Q-Tip and Kanye West? The obvious answer is that Q-Tip produced ‘Chain Heavy’ for Kanye. He is also responsible for the beats on the soon to be released collaborative project “Watch The Throne” by Kanye and Jay-Z,” continued Jackson. “The not-so-obvious answer is that Kanye has always referred to Q-Tip as his inspiration. Just look at how reminiscent his outfit on the Saturday of the Festival is to Phife Dawg's in A Tribe Called Quest's ‘Scenario’ video.”

It has also been an exciting summer for Grammy award winner, Q-Tip. The documentary “Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest” was released to rave reviews and continues to roll out to major theaters across North America. Q-Tip will also be making multiple festival and headline appearances across Europe in August.

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