Nas set to headline 2016 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
Brooklyn Bodega, Inc. and The Bodega Agency, producers of The 12th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival are pleased to announce the details of its annual celebration of Hip-Hop Music and Culture. This July 13-16th the entire Hip-Hop nation is invited to the Borough of Brooklyn for four days of beats, rhymes, knowledge, film, photography, MCs, DJs, B-Boys, B-Girls, food, fashion and more.
Headlining this year’s Festival is none other than legendary Queensbridge MC, Harvard scholar, and entrepreneur Nasir Jones better known as NAS. Joining Nas is Bed-Stuy’s own Fabolous, the Brooklyn MC who has defied father time himself and remained a force in the industry for almost two decades. Also on the bill for the Finale Concert are fellow Brooklynite, activist and MC, Talib Kweli and Rapsody, one of Hip-Hop’s hottest wordsmiths and influencers. They will be joined by Festival house DJ, Rob Swift, hosts Uncle Ralph McDaniels and Torae and many more artists to be announced.
While known for its legendary concert organizers are quick to emphasize the other days of the Festival that have grown in scope and size:
2016 Schedule of Events
July 13th – The Hip-Hop Institute. Lectures, panels, and workshops dedicated to the study and advancement of issues of entrepreneurship and criminal justice in our community.
Location: Medgar Evers College, Crown Heights, Brooklyn
July 14th – The Dummy Clap Film Festival. A celebration of Hip-Hop as told through the moving image. Screenings of old school films, documentaries, and shorts. As well as Masters Classes from leading filmmakers both indie and major.
Location: Medgar Evers College, Crown Heights, Brooklyn
July 15th – Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition. A night dedicated to showcasing all aspects of the culture. DJ showcases, dance battles, sneaker exhibit, live art as well as original art installations.
Location: St. Ann’s Warehouse, 45 Water Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn
July 16th – The Finale Concert. The culmination of our programming. The legendary show that has created unforgettable memories for over a decade. The place where old school legends share the stage with next generation’s stars.
Featuring: Nas, Fabolous, Talib Kweli, Rapsody, DJ Rob Swift and more. Hosted by Uncle Ralph McDaniels and Torae.
Location: Main Stage – Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO, Brooklyn
Second Stage at St. Ann’s Warehouse, 45 Water Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn
“I am proud of the programming the team has put together this year. Nas was one of the last legends of the game we wanted to get. Been after that brother for six years! The fans (in our office and out) have been on us to get Fabolous as well. He is a Brooklyn king and we are honored to have him on our stage this year. [Talib] Kweli’s art and activism mirrors our own so much that people assumed he had played our stage before. He has been a guest several times but now we have him on that bill for real. Rapsody is an amazing talent that we also have been after for the past three years. She is coming off a banner and Grammy nominated year and I have no doubt people will be thrilled to put a name to the voice on that classic Kendrick [Lamar] album,”
writes Festival Executive Director Wes Jackson. Wes went on to add, “We are also thrilled to be coming back to Brooklyn Bridge Park after a two year hiatus in Williamsburg. This is our home and while I have love for up north [Brooklyn], we belong right here in this world class park. We are also excited to be working with our friends at St. Ann’s Warehouse again. Years ago we shared the old Tobacco Warehouse. When I first saw it after their renovation I hardly recognized it. This is one of the most beautiful venues in Brooklyn and we thank them for opening their doors to us.”
The return to DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge Park means the Festival will be bringing back their second stage at its new (old) home, St. Ann’s Warehouse. The main stage on July 16th will be directly under the Brooklyn Bridge in the space soon to be known as Brooklyn Bridge Plaza. New Dock Street (directly adjacent) will host the Vendor Village, a showcase for entrepreneurs, small businesses, the best food in Brooklyn and more. The second stage will be next door at the new St. Ann’s Warehouse (45 Water Street). The Festival was last at this collective location in 2011 with headliners Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest and Kanye West.
The first two days of programming will be hosted Medgar Evers College. The Hip-Hop Institute (July 13th) and The Dummy Clap Film Festival (July 14th) both return to the esteemed college in Crown Heights.
“We held our inaugural Hip-Hop Institute event at Medgar [Evers College] last year and loved being there. Thankfully they felt the same and invited us back. Medgar’s commitment to the community is an inspiration and as we expand our educational programming and film offering we wanted to do it with them,” continued Jackson. “Many cultural institutions, festivals and venues give lip service to the support of Hip-Hop culture and its diverse family but there a few who back it up with action. Brooklyn Bridge Park, St. Ann’s Warehouse and Medgar Evers College are thankfully the latter. I thank them for their commitment and look forward to many more years working together.”
About The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival
Established in 2005, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is New York City’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event that showcases the positive aspects of Hip-Hop culture by highlighting Hip-Hop’s legacy as an agent of artistic progression, community building and social change.
In addition to musical performances, the Festival offers a number of activities for its audience, including: panel discussions, exhibitions, parties, an award show and a family-friendly block party. The Festival is more than a concert or outdoor fair. It is a family reunion for lovers of this great culture.
In the last twelve years, the Festival has achieved a number of memorable milestones with an impressive roster of Hip-Hop acts that include Jay-Z, Kanye West, Q-Tip, Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, Black Thought of The Roots, Busta Rhymes, Ghostface Killah, De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Premier and more.
For additional information please contact:
Brooklyn Bodega – brooklynbodega.com – Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival – bkhiphopfestival.com
@brooklynboega – @bkhiphopfest