Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Readies Its Week-Long Celebration Of Culture


(AllHipHop News) Brooklyn Bodega, founders of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest, are in the final stretch of planning for the annual event to be held from July 9-14 in various locations throughout Brooklyn, New York City.

This year marks the eighth annual celebration of “all things Hip-Hop” in the borough that spawned such rap greats as Notorious B.I.G., Big Daddy Kane, Jay-Z, Lil’ Kim, and many more.

Previous events have showcased major industry names such as Kanye West, Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, and Random Axe, along with more local acts like Homeboy Sandman, Eternia, and Rah Digga.

Scheduled Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival events for the week are as follows:

July 9 – Show & Prove Super Bowl

The week-long celebration will kick off with the “Welcome To Brooklyn” showcase of MCs at the annual Show & Prove Bowl. Featured performances include DJ Young Guru, Freeway, Evitan, REKS, 1982 (Statik Selektah and Termanology), along with competing Show & Prove preliminary winners, Rasheed Chappell, 330, and Charmingly Ghetto, all vying for a chance to perform on the fest’s final day stage.

July 10 – Bodega Education Initiative

The Bodega Education Initiative will focus on the theme “Fortified”, dedicating its discussion to Hip-Hop music, culture, and business at the Brooklyn Library’s main branch. Panelists include filmmaker/author Nelson George, DJ/producer Young Guru, Akashic Books’ Johnny Temple, Kiss FM’s Fred “Bugsy” Buggs, Bob Slade, and more.

July 10 – Dummy Clap Film Festival

Hip-Hop as an art form will take center stage as the Dummy Clap festival spotlights features, shorts, documentaries, videos, and experimental film. The first films of the week are Wild Style (1983) and Big Fun in the Big Town (1986), along with a Q&A with Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn, publicist Bill Adler, Cold Chillin’ Records boss Tyrone “Fly Ty” Williams, Ego Trip’s Jefferson “Chairman” Mao, and more at the Brooklyn Central Library’s Dweck Auditorium.

July 12 – Salute The DJ

KissFM and the legacy of New York radio will be celebrated during the fourth annual Salute The DJ series at Brooklyn’s Public Assembly. Scheduled appearances include Chuck Chillout, VJ “Uncle Ralph” McDaniels, Squeeze Radio’s Sucio Smash, Turntablist, DP One, DJ M.Will, and more.

July 13 – Dummy Clap Film Festival

The Dummy Clap festival continues on Friday the 13th with the documentary, The Infamous Mobb Deep, and an appearance by Prodigy and more at reRun GastroPub Theater.

The film will be followed by an after party featuring Ali Shaheed Muhammad and J. Period at The Dumbo Loft.

July 14 – Family Day

As in years past, Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest has planned events for the entire family, including a Freestyle Competition, African/Brazilian Dance classes, art demonstrations, live performances, and more at Pier 3 in DUMBO. In the spirit of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative, Family Day activities will also focus on healthy eating and active living for children and youth.

July 14 – Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest Final Day and After Party

YMCMB signee and rap legend Busta Rhymes (and Friends) will headline the culminating concert on Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest’s final day, along with Ka, Clear Soul Forces, Chuuwee, and Fat Tony. The concert will be followed by an after party at New York’s Knitting Factory, with an early set featuring Ana Tijoux and scheduled performances by Jasmine Solano, Melo-X, SC Funk Band, and more.

For more information on individual events or to purchase tickets, visit the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival website.