Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Presents: SHOW & PROVE Superbowl
Kon Boogie, Undeniable, Billy Conahan, Famous
635 Sackett St
Brooklyn, NY, 11217
This event is 21 and over
Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Presents: SHOW & PROVE Superbowl
"Show & Prove" the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival's competition to find the opening act(s) for the annual celebration of Hip-Hop Music and Culture is back and ready to put on the next great MC (or singer, or dancer, or bassist or fire-eater).
While it is the 9th year of the Festival, it is the 5th year of the "Show & Prove" competition. This makes it one of the longest running Hip-Hop events in New York City. Marilyn Alonzo, Marketing Director for Brooklyn Bodega and The Festival added, "Hip-Hop years are like dog years so to be around consistently for this long is rare. 'Show & Prove' is one of our favorite Festival events because it embodies our mission in a very specific way. No fuss, no hype. Just skills. That will get you on that big stage. The meritocracy of it all is the way you run every aspect of what we do."
Close your eyes and imagine that you had never heard Hip Hop. That you had never been influenced by the culture - the beat box, the clothes, the sound, the graffiti, the DJ, nor the command of the MC. Just think if Grand Master Flash & The Furious Five never gave you "The Message" or if Common never "Used to Love H.E.R". Who or where or what would you be, because we both know that you wouldn't be ...the person you are now.
Let's say today you turned on the radio and your ears were instantaneously filled with a newness. A newness that ran through your body with total disregard to the overwhelming residue it left on every emotion you have ever felt. It identified with every experience - your highs, your lows, your triumphs, your ills. This newness was altogether beautiful and ugly and dark and radiant. It took you to all the places that you wanted to be, and every place you wanted to run from - so you stood there in the middle of its womb and was reborn.
Can you remember the first time you felt like this? Now, can you remember the last? Its difficult because much of present day Hip Hop lacks this "newness". To the extent that many Hip Hop heads argue if it's even Hip Hop. But if you look deep enough, you will always find a true diamond in the rough - an artist that embodies the culture. An artist that effortlessly awakens those, once, celebrated emotions with a sound -with a newness- comparable to his own.
Ladies and Gentlemen I like to, formally introduce you to Kon Boogie...
Fed up with the lack of love from local producers and fellow MC’s, Kon Boogie took matters into his own hands. His thirst for musical knowledge pushed him to the edge. At age 13, he would make a life changing decision. He was through with being patient… he understood now what it took to be an Independent artist.
Born and raised in Jackson Heights/Corona, Queens in a Cuban household, he was exposed to a variety of Latin music at an early age. His father was an avid collector of Old Latino Boleros and classic Soul music from the 60's and 70's which greatly influenced and helped shape Kon's musical character. His music describes his adolescence, his love and his thirst. His music describes his plight to be more.
First mastering a free piece of production software on his PC then buying his first MPC at age 17, Rapper and Producer he decided it was time to take his artistry to the next level. Having the opportunity to advance in what he loved, he was accepted into the Institute of Audio Research and received an audio engineering degree. Now having the skill and knowledge to manipulate his talent into a generated income, he was producing beats for many talented underground and legendary MC’s such as Blahzay, Lil Fame of MOP, and Thaitanium to engineering and mixing/mastering music projects for many local artists on the scene. However, paying the rent wasn’t enough. His passion and lust for rhyming was beginning to over power him.
In 2010, it was time to bring his MCing prowess to light. Unsure of how his craft would be accepted, he released his first EP “Above the Clouds” to a new brand of people. Show after show, open mic after open mic, with much praise/hype from his new fans and bravado from his newfound confidence, Kon had decided on a release party. Drawing a crowd of over 200 people and packing out location Public Assembly, in Brooklyn, NY he discovered his stride and need to reach an even higher level of impression.
Shortly after, in the momentum of things, he released another project in March 2011 entitled "LIKE IT or LOVE IT." With industry beats varying from Producers like Kanye West to J Dilla to Nottz and Hi-Tek, this mixtape would display what a true mixtape inspired him during times of his first experience with Hip Hop, in a form blended by DJ Dyllemma.
In between both projects Rapper Kon Boogie’s been strategically piecing together his debut album "My Glorious Imperfection." In August 2011, he released his latest single and video, "Victory Lap" (which is the first single release off project, “My Glorious Imperfection”).
Arraying Heart, Soul and Struggle in the highest quality possible, Kon Boogie’s presented his music at shows for such artists as, Joe Budden, Masta Ace, Rah Digga, Immortal Technique and Blu to name a few. Currently working with independent artists such as Silent Knight, Erin Barra, Brown Bag Allstars, Tenille, Mazzi, ASR and prevailing with a live punch to the gut neo-soul-hiphop-rock band, “Death.By.Plastic” (his newest project in the work), proves the limitless and endless variety and progression in his music. BONG!
Queens’ Sinnagi & O7 were two independent solo artists on the verge of releasing their first full length albums. With a history that went back for more than ten years, the two decided to collaborate on a project that turned into seventeen songs and the concept album “A Picture is worth..” was born. The two performed have performed in a number of shows throughout NYC, and have released a series of mixtape/EP “5 Finger Discount."
Sinnagi & O7 make honest music that takes a hard look at their lives and the world around them. The creative soundscape provided by these artists is sure to inspire and satisfy Hip-Hop heads and music lovers alike for years to come.
Billy Conahan is a rapper and songwriter known for his sophisticated and well-versed style. He is an unique breed of hip-hop, mixing elements of folk, story telling, Rock n’ Roll, funk, jazz, and comedy. In Dec. 2011, Billy teamed up with emcee and producer Drue Davis (Red Clay) and recorded his first single “On A New York Morning”. The rough mix received over 300 plays in 3 days on his Sound Cloud page. In October of 2012, Billy released his first mixtape, “EPISODE I”; and then 6 months later in March of 2013, he released a second mixtape “Episode II: S.M.O.K.E.”, that received almost 1000 plays on his bandcamp page within the first week. His first music video, “What’s That Funny Smell?”, released on Mar. 5th, celebrated its first 1000 views on Youtube a day after his 21st birthday on March 28th.
During the year and half of performing as a new hip hop artist on the block, Billy has done shows at Highline Ballroom, Sullivan Hall, The Shrine World Music Venue, various local pubs and small clubs. He’s currently scheduled to appear at Bushwick Coffee House, The Rapture Lounge and The Way Station.
Famous is the first and only independent artist in the history of Canadian Music to be nominated for a Juno Award and MuchMusic Video Award for a debut EP after only a year into starting his rap career. Take that in. His first release, ‘I Rap Now’, a very well-crafted, short play album, with production from Grammy Nominated Boi-1da and ToneMason, spawned 5 songs, 4 videos, 3 radio hits, 2 major nominations, MTV performance, cross country tour including dates with Nas, The Clipse, Method Man and 1 ‘Best New Artist’ award south of the border from 93.7 WBLK. It would seem that based on that, it’s fair to say that the old adage just may be true, We All Wanna Be Famous.
“I’m here and I ain’t playin’ yo, while most complain, they just talk, like AM radio.”
Straight up, there are many things that you can teach, but one subject that has remained ambiguous to educators since the beginning of time is Ambition. In the overcrowded world of Hip-Hop, Famous’s desire to be the best stands out like a neon shirt at a black tie affair. To draw a parallel, he’s best described as what would happen if you mixed Kanye West with Eminem, coordinated by Fabolous' stylist, adding in the determination of Ashton Bishop (aka Famous) topped off with the mind state of Puffy in the 90’s. You got to respect the hustle when the best way to describe his drive is by comparing the artist to himself! It’s that confidence that allows him to carve out his own lane in the rap game.