Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival July 10-13
Get ready for the largest Hip-Hop cultural event New York City has to offer. Established in 2005 by Brooklyn Bodega, this festival is dedicated to celebrating and preserving Hip-Hop culture. Starting in a parking lot in Williamsburg, this festival has grown exponentially, and is now held on the shores of the East River. Their aim is to “highlight Hip-Hop’s legacy as an agent of artistic progression, community building and social change.” Not only are there incredible music performances, the festival also offers a variety of activities for the audience which include parties, a family-friendly block party, panel discussions, and more.
Past performers include Big Daddy Kane, Clear Soul Forces, Black Thought of The Roots, Busta Rhymes, Freeway, Buckshot, M.O.P., Q-Tip, Ghostface Killah, Lupe Fiasco, and Kanye West. Last year, the festival had a record breaking 30,000+ in attendance, and this year is bound to be bigger. This is not your average music festival. A wide range of local business show support for what this festival stands for. Vendors like Brooklyn Brewery, Hoodman Clothing, and FLUD Watches, among others, will have booths at the event.
Rapper Steele of Smif-N-Wessun said, “it’s packed—no violence—so it dispels all the myths that Hip-Hop brings violence and stuff. It’s beautiful out there, it’s young kids out there, it’s older people out there. It’s people from all walks.” Not only does this event bring together all sorts of individuals, the message of integration and understanding holds true for the staff and performers alike. This is a time to showcase new and old talent, and all of the proceeds from the festival are used to support year-round cultural programs such as the Blogazine and the Bodega Agency.
The event starts Wednesday July 10th through Sunday, July 13th, and tickets for general admission are between $20 to $75 on their homepage. Kids under 12 get free admission. The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival will take place throughout Brooklyn, from Williamsburg to Fort Greene to Dumbo, and the final performances will be at Pier 5 Uplands at Brooklyn Bridge Park.