Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival in full force
by Lisa A. Fraser
Jul 06, 2011 | 20673 views | 0 0 comments | 1163 1163 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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You could forget about leaving Brooklyn this summer. In addition to all of the borough’s summer concerts, one that has attracted thousands of people to the borough is back again for a sixth year of success – the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.

From Monday, July 11 to Saturday, July 16, the festival, hosted by the popular Hip-Hop website, Brooklyn Bodega, will feature all-ages events for everyone to experience. And this year, fans can also look forward to the popular Show & Prove Super Bowl segment as well as Bodega Education Initiative, Salute the DJ, Family Day and the Main Stage Performances with Q-Tip as the headliner.

“It is a celebration of the borough of Brooklyn, as well as hip hop music and culture,” said Wes Jackson, Brooklyn Bodega founder. “It is a world-class festival in the spirit of the New Orleans Jazz Festival where we can celebrate and perpetuate progressive aspects of the music.”

The Brooklyn Hip Hop festival is arguably New York City’s largest cultural event to showcase the positive aspects of the music and culture.

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival tickets have gone on sale to the general public online through

Here are a few events happening during the weeklong festival:

Monday, July 11 at 8:00 p.m. | Show & Prove

The first of events to kick off the festival, “Show and Prove” is a competition for up and coming artists to prove that they have the skills to rock the biggest crowds in NYC.

Winners will open at large concerts including the main stage at the The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Competing for an opening spot on Saturday’s Main Stage will be Clear Soul Forces, Chris Faust and L.A. Show & Prove Super Bowl Headliners include: The Artifacts, Camp Lo and J-Live.

Location: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue.

Tuesday, July 12 at 6:00 p.m. | Under the Influence

Under The Influence is the first curated art event to be held in conjunction with the 2011 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Opening Tuesday, July 12th as part of the Festival’s week-long programming at The powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY; the exhibit will celebrate the influence Hip-Hop has had for multiple generations within the artistic community.

Location, Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street

Wednesday, July 13 from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. | Bodega Education Initiative

The Bodega Education Initiative is a series of talks and discussions designed to create a space of dialogue between the diverse members of the Hip-Hop community. Attendees of BEI will learn about the history and content of Hip-Hop as seen through the pioneers and most intimate members of the culture. BEI will ultimately serve as a meeting point for all the different voices and perspectives within the Hip-Hop community:

Location: Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Avenue

Saturday, July 16 at 12:00 p.m. | Brooklyn HipHop Festival & Family Day

Hip-Hop legend Q-Tip will headline the 7th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival by curating “Q-Tip & Friends,” a celebration of Hip-Hop through the lens of his 20+ year career. The Main Stage will feature performances by: Ali Shaheed Mohammad, Diamond District, MOP and many more. Hosted by Ralph McDaniels and Torae.

The week’s festivities end with a block party centered around the youth in the Hip-Hop community. Games, Entertainment, Community Groups, politicians, moms, dads, and kids come together to celebrate the core message of Hip-Hop – social change and individual empowerment.

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Plaza & Tobacco Warehouse, 26 New Dock Street

To RSVP and to see a list of more events, check out the website

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