Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival has announced today that they will hold a moment of silence for late Beastie Boys' member Adam Yauch aka MCA followed by a tribute at its closing show. The tribute will be overseen by Wes Jackson, the event's executive producer, and Rawbeatz, the go-to DJ for festival producers Brooklyn Bodega. The announcement comes on the heels of the recent official renaming of Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn Heights to Adam Yauch Park. In addition to the live tribute, Brooklyn Bodega will also release an exclusive mix of Beastie Boy remixes.
Jackson stated in the release, "We reached out to [King] Ad Rock right after MCA passed last year and asked if there was anything we could do to help celebrate the life of his brother. It was so soon that we were hesitant to even reach out. We wanted to give them space and time. We did speak to Cey Adams and tried to put something together but the timing wasn't right. We couldn't go another year without taking time out to honor what MCA did for our culture and our music."
With nine years under its belt, the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival continues to be a landmark event in NYC every summer. Past headliners like Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip and KRS-One have helped the festival become New York's annual largest hip hop cultural event. With an emphasis on promoting the positive aspects of hip hop, the festival highlights the community building and social change that the music is able to produce. This year, the closing concert will be headlined by Pusha T(!), EPMD(!!), and Redman(!!!) and will take place July 13th at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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