Festival Events

Rakim Videos

July 10th

Told It First Hand with Rakim

Moderated by Wes Jackson

The live interview series hosted by Festival Founder and Executive Director Wes Jackson will be blessed by the god MC himself, Rakim. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to listen, learn and build with arguably the greatest MC of all time as he celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the seminal album, “Paid In Full”.

Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: The Brooklyn Historical Society

July 11th

Get Paid To Be Yourself

The Forbes column and career workshop created by Julian Mitchell will have a live conversation with a cultural influencer who mastered the skill set of monetizing their value by taking their talent and turning them into sustainable income.

Location: TBA

Julian Mitchell Videos

July 12th

The Hip-Hop Institute

As part of The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, we are producing The Hip-Hop Institute at Medgar Evers College. The theme of the day/conference is “Speak The Truth”.  We will be discussing issues of empowerment, social justice, health & wellness, as well as entrepreneurship. The programming consists of lectures, panels, and various workshops.  Lecturers/Panelists to be announced.

Time: 10am-8pm
Location: Medgar Evers College, Crown Heights, Brooklyn

The Combat Jack Show Live

The original #1 Hip-Hop podcast, the Combat Jack Show with Reggie Ose aka Combat Jack will be live at a location to be announced. The man who brought the podcast game to Hip-Hop, Reggie Ose aka Combat Jack, will bring his in-depth conversations about music, news, culture & race to The Festival.

July 13th

The Dummy Clap Film Festival

Join in on the 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. Movies and notable hosts to be announced.

Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Medgar Evers College, Crown Heights, Brooklyn


  • L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later Filmmakers Q&A W/ One9 & Eric Parker
  • Too Old To Die Young
  • Rhythm Roulette 9th Wonder & Salaam Remi
  • Money. Brower. Respect
  • Kicks

July 14th

Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition

A night dedicated to showcasing all aspects of the culture.  DJ showcases, Dance battles, sneaker exhibit, live art and well as original art installations.
Featuring: Kerim The DJ, Sickamore, DJ Midnite, The Bishop Gallery, and more.

Time: 6pm-11pm
Location: St. Ann’s Warehouse, DUMBO, Brooklyn

July 15th

The Finale Concert

Headlining this year’s Festival is DMX. The Yonkers MC shines as one of the most honest artists to put words to wax.  Joining DMX are fellow Ruff Ryders The LOX.  Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch united over 20 years ago to form one of Hip-Hop’s most enduring groups. Also joining the bill is singer/song-writer/actor, renaissance man, Staten Island’s own Mack Wilds. Niambi Sala and Thandiwe aka OSHUN will also be blessing that Main stage on July 15th.  Legendary DJ duo Stretch and Bobbito, famed radio personalities whose influential radio show defined an era of Hip-Hop will be DJing next door in St. Ann’s Warehouse. They will all be joined by Festival house DJ, Rob Swift, hosts Uncle Ralph McDaniels and Torae and many more Finale Concert artists to be announced. Featuring: DMX, The Lox, Stretch & Bobbito, Mack Wilds, Oshun, DJ Rob Swift, and more Hosted by Uncle Ralph McDaniels and Torae.

Time: 1pm-7pm
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO, Brooklyn


July 16th


A day to just chill out but still vibe out after the excitement of the Finale Concert.  Watch tech savvy Hip-Hop heads collaborate and compete to create software specifically geared toward the improvement of the culture.

Location: St. Ann’s Warehouse, DUMBO, Brooklyn