Happy Memorial Day!!



The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Is Summer Ready

The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is here to get your summer started right this Memorial Day weekend.  Come be a part of the Festival from Wednesday, July 13th – Saturday, July 16th.  In addition to Nas, Fabolous, Talib Kweli and Rapsody  we’ve also added some more incredible programming.  Check out our expanded programming and let’s get ready for what Entrepreneur Magazine calls one of the premier Festivals this Summer.


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Day 1 – July 13th

New and exciting additions to the Festival’s kick off event on July 13th, The Hip-Hop Institute include Keynote speaker, DeRay Mckesson, former candidate for Mayor of Baltimore, civil rights activist, and leading figure in the Black Lives Matter movement.

– A discussion on The State of Hip-Hop Journalism with Jinx from Complex Media, Kaz from thestashed.com, Julian Mitchell from Forbes Magazine and more.

– Mona Faison of P.E.A.C.E. for Peace will then host a discussion on the current state of mental and physical health within our culture inspired by the passing of Phife Dawg, Sean Price, Capital Steez and too many more.

– Ewing Athletics will host a discussion about the inner workings of the Sneaker Business.  We will discuss how the Hip-Hop culture is the main consumer of sneakers, but is so rarely a producer.

– Award-winning brand marketer, instructor and multimedia producer and Forbes contributor Julien Mitchell will host a breakout session entitled “Get Paid To Be Yourself”.

– Last but not least for the Hip-Hop Institute event will be a Women In Hip-Hop discussion held between power women who work in the realm of the Hip-Hop culture curated by Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival’s own Director of Finance and Production, Ebonie Jackson.

The Hip-Hop Institute is proudly presented in conjunction with the English Department at Medgar Evers College and sponsored by TFOA – Teaching Firms of America, P.E.A.C.E for Peace, Ewing Athletics, and Monster Energy.  

The Hip-Hop Institute will be held at Medgar Evers College located at 1650 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY and will begin promptly at 10:00am – 4:00pm.




Day 2 – July 14th

The Dummy Clap Film Festival takes over on July 14th and will begin with a discussion with Timothy Welbeck, of Huffington Post, and his research on putting together a follow-up film to the 2006 award winning documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, which will focus on how views have changed within the Hip-Hop culture from 2006 to present.

There will then be a full screening of 86-32, a film on Roy Jones Jr. making it to the 1988 Olympics only to suffer one of the most controversial losses in Olympic history.  The Director of the film, Randy Wilkins, will then host a discussion on the film.

Next on deck for the Film Festival is award winning film producer, Sam Pollard, who was a film editor for the iconic 1983 documentary, Style Wars, which has become a historical gem for the Hip-Hop culture.  Sam Pollard will show clips and discuss how this film captured the early beginnings of the Hip-Hop culture through graffiti, B-Boying and rapping.  

There will also be a special screening of the classic New Jack City.  Following this screening, we will discuss this film’s cultural significance 25 years after its release.

The Film Festival will end with a Master Class hosted by the creator of the successful web series, Money and Violence, Moe Veraneau and cast members Du, Kno, Ace General, and Chris Styles.  

The Dummy Clap Film Festival is presented in conjunction with The English Department of Medgar Evers College and will be held at Medgar Evers, located at 1650 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY from 12:00pm – 7:00pm.

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The Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition has rounded up some of the hottest talents of the culture from the East, the South and the Midwest for one night to represent and showcase each element of the culture through their talents.  

Juice is sponsored by Wingstop, Fresh Empire, Monster Energy Drink, and Brooklyn Brewery.

The Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition will be held at St. Ann’s Warehouse 45 Water Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn from 7:00pm – 11:00pm.



And finally the créme de la créme of NYC Hip-Hop concerts, The Finale Concert, will take place on July 16th.  History will be made as the following artists bless the main stage – Nas ft. The Soul Rebels, Fabolous, Talib Kweli, Rapsody, and our House DJ, Rob Swift. Make sure to visit the Vendor Village where food and clothing vendors will be offering goods throughout the entire Festival while music provided by Real Fresh Radio keeps you vibing.  The Finale Concert will be held at the Main Stage (Standing Room Only) in Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO, Brooklyn and the Second Stage in St. Ann’s Warehouse, 45 Water Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn (Standing Room Only) from 1:00pm – 8:00pm.

For more details on these events make sure to check out The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival’s website.


We’d also like to thank all who voted for the official 2016 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival T-shirt design!  The two official 2016 T-shirts chosen by the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival family are the NY State of Mind and the The World is Yours designs.

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If you are a lover of the Hip-Hop culture or want to learn more about it, this is the place to be.  Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is a reflection of our commitment to celebrating every aspect of the Hip-Hop culture and bringing everyone together for their full enjoyment through education, art exhibits, dance and the hottest live performances which end up becoming classic moments in Hip-Hop history.