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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 ten years, the Festival has achieved a number of memorable milestones with an impressive roster of Hip-Hop acts that include Grammy winner Lupe Fiasco, the front man of Jimmy Kimmel’s late night band Black Thought of The Roots and VH1 Hip-Hop Honoree Big Daddy Kane.

In 2011, BHF broke attendance records with over 20,000 fans attending Performance Day under the Brooklyn Bridge for “Q-Tip & Friends.” Not only would the crowd under the bridge rock to performances by Hip-Hop emcees like Kendrick LamarHomeboy Sandman and M.O.P. for the headlining event Q-Tip surprised fans with collaborative performances with Kanye WestBusta RhymesBlack Thought of The RootsMonie Love and more.

 Click Here for Q-Tip and Kanye West Performing “Award Tour”. 

In 2012, the Festival continued its mission of making Hip-Hop history by presenting:

● “Busta Rhymes & Friends” with Busta Rhymes collaborating on-stage with his sidekick Spliff Star and Buckshot of Black Moon, Smif –N-Wessun, Lil’ Fame of M.O.P., Slick Rick, Reek Da Villian. The icing on the cake was a Leaders Of The New School reunion with Charlie Brown and Dinco D which was 19 years in the making. The night ended with L.O.N.S performing “Scenario” and bringing Phife and Q-Tip out just as the cops killed the power. 

● The first Dummy Clap Film Festival that was two days with a double feature of Wild Style (1983) and Big Fun in The Big Town (1986) and indie movie screenings. Q&A Panel featured with pioneering publicist Bill Adler, Cold Chillin’ Record’s boss Tyrone “Fly Ty” Williams, Ego Trip’s Jefferson “Chairman” Mao, Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn and more

We maintained our streak of legendary performances in 2013 with acts including EPMD, Pusha T, Redman, and Dizzy Wright. Then again in 2014 with headliners including Raekwon the Chef of Wu-Tang Clan, Jay ElectronicaCJ Fly of Pro Era and Cyhi the Prince, who bought out a string of guests including Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, J. Cole, AZ, Mac Miller, Bobby Shmurda. In 2015 we celebrated the milestones of our festival headliners Common who in 2015 was coming off his Award Winning Oscars & Global Globe for the song “Glory”, and Mobb Deep celebrating 20 Years of the classic album Infamous.

The 2016 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF) returns Wednesday, July 13th- Saturday, July 16th. Featuring Nas, Fabolous, Talib Kweli, and Rapsody 

We are approaching this year with renewed vigor and commitment to showcasing the legends of our culture alongside the new generation.


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2016 Staff

Wes Jackson
executive director

Ebonie Jackson
director of finance and production

Juels Pierrot
director of marketing and communications

Trenice Foster
social media coordinator

Gisella Batista
Public Relations Coordinator

Andreas Zettlmeissl
Production Manager

Anna Walton
Production Assistant

Averi Smith
Sponsor Coordinator

Danielle “Jazz” Noel
web developer