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Q-Tip Drops Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Via Twitter

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    UPDATE:  Looks like the tweets referenced below have been deleted from the Abstract's Twitter account.  Stay tuned.  This story isn't over yet.

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    We've been bringing you word on the impending Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, the free mixtape they've been offering up, and any developments therein, including A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip and his headlining set coupled with his day of curated events.

    So it bums us out to announce the following:

    Without explaining why, without the knowledge of his manager or publicist, Q-Tip tweeted a bow-out to his headlining set, scheduled to go down in a couple weeks. In fact, the tweet said the entire thing was canceled, which was a devastation -- he later rescinded, saying he "can't make it."

    This was a huge surprise to fans, not to mention the show's promoters and Q-Tip's people.

    Sources close to the festival were totally miffed at Q-Tip's choice of medium. The emcee/producer was set to curate an entire day of music, billed as Q-Tip and friends. Word is, if he's really out, there are back-up plans already in the works.

    He's never really been a rash guy, always thoughtful, so we'll see how this one pans out.