While the announcement that Q-Tip would be headlining this year’s Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival already had hip hop fans screaming, what sealed the deal was when surprise guests Monie Love, Busta Rhymes, Black Thought and the illustrious Kanye West appeared (see video here).
The unforgettable show signaled the finale of the 7th Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival which also boasted an entire week of programed events that included a flea market, soul food street vendors, and more that led up to ‘Q-Tip & Friends.’
The festival attracted thousands of fans to Dumbo’s Brooklyn Bridge Park, adding a diverse element to the neighborhood’s usual list of summer events. Click the thumbnails below to see photos we took at the event with our Canon Powershot:
The dynamic mix of activities, which was produced and curated by the Brooklyn Bodega, highlighted independent art, music and journalism. A new event was also added to this year’s festival. The Bodega Recognition Awards recognized positive contributions to hip hop music and its culture. Wes Jackson, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival said about the event:
“The Festival is not just about recognizing the importance of hip hop music and culture, but also the accomplishments of our peers. That is why this event is so close to my heart. As someone who has over 15 years of experience in the music business I have had the honor of working and collaborating with a number of individuals who are important to the hip hop movement. By creating an event that recognizes their collective accomplishments we aim to do our part in charting the legacy of hip hop as a cultural progression.”
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