Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival reunites Black Star for Finale Concert

2018 marks the 14th installation of the acclaimed Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF)

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival reunites Black Star for Finale Concert

Beyond South Brooklyn

2018 marks the 14th installation of the acclaimed Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF), returning July 10th through the 14th with a week of lectures, workshops, exhibitions screenings and of course the world famous Finale concert.

In a world where Hip-Hop headlines festivals all over the world, dominate the Grammys, leads the new streaming economy, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF) is proud to be one of Hip-Hop’s longest-running cultural festivals. The finale concert features Black Star, Pharaoh Monch with DJ Boogie Blind, Mister Cee, Skyzoo, Caleborate, LATASHA, Radamiz, Dyme-A-Duzin, and Milo Case. The legendary finale show has created unforgettable memories for over a decade with reunited groups and surprise performances, the place where old school legends share the stage with next generation’s stars.

The return of Black Star - the only album from the team of Mos Def and Talib Kweli - graces the stage in Brooklyn Bridge Park on the 20th Anniversary of its release on September 29, 1998, to critical acclaim. Black Star (and other members of the Native Tongues Posse) helped shape underground alternative rap, bringing it into the mainstream. Both Mos Def and Talib Kweli’s solo careers have continued with both commercial and critical success. During a surprise appearance at a Madlib DJ set in Denver, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) revealed that he and Talib Kweli have plans for a new Black Star album in 2018.

The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is the premier Festival for Hip-Hop heads, executives, creatives, and thinkers. Not a Spotify Top ‘turn up’ fest or a corporate ‘wait through 100 wack rock acts to get to the Hip-Hop headliner. Classic Hip-Hop, groundbreaking new artists, panels, workshops and unique executions for the whole family. It's the only Hip-Hop Festival where you can bring the kids, grandma and your crew from college. Professional development and dance battles. Beer gardens and gaming lounges. All produced by an independent, family owned. Black owned, female owned operation. Employing hundreds of vendors, artists, contractors, musicians, stagehands and volunteers from the community. Come out and support the cause.



This year will also see a return of the much-loved Family Day, a key element of earlier Festivals. Family Day will consist of programming for the Hip-Hop family, from the babies all the way up to grandma.

The Hip-Hop Institute at Medgar Evers College hosted by the Department of English is the opening event for the Festival’s week long celebration of Hip-Hop Music and Culture. This three day-long event will focus on the art of entrepreneurship, music business, mental health, and the continuing need for social justice in our community. We aim to stimulate this dialogue via lectures, panels and workshops. Each day of the institute has a specific theme to tie into our overarching theme of “Speak Up”. The institute takes place in the heart of Brooklyn at the historical Medgar Evers College.


Established in 2005, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is New York City’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event that showcases the positivity of Hip-Hop culture. The Festival offers a variety of culture based educational and entertainment events, which are in addition to its performances. Activities include panel lectures, exhibitions, movie screenings and even a family-friendly block party for all. The Festival’s initiative is to celebrate and preserve Hip-Hop’s legacy of promoting artistic progression, community building and social change by bringing together all lovers of this great culture.


Music video by Blackstar performing Respiration


In the last twelve years, the Festival has achieved a number of memorable milestones with an impressive roster of Hip-Hop acts. These include Nas; Talib Kweli who brought out the Crooklyn Dodgers for a classic old school performance of “Crooklyn”; Common who brought out Foxy Brown; Jay Electronica who surprised his audience by bringing out Jay Z and J Cole for one of the most memorable Hip-Hop performances in Festival history; Busta Rhymes and Friends performance where Busta brought out Leaders of the New School for one of the best old school reunion performances yet; lyric virtuoso, Rapsody, who first announced on our Festival stage her signing to Jay Z’s label, Roc Nation; a “Q-Tip & Friends” concert where Q-Tip surprised his audience with performances by Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Black Thought of The Roots, Monie Love so many more to mention.

The Festival’s week long event has also expanded in programming and diversity. Exciting new panels and discussions with cultural influencers and Hip-Hop legends have been added to our Hip-Hop Institute. The Dummy Clap Film Festival has expanded its lectures with discussions centering on current tv shows and movies. Our Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition has added a number of showcases and exhibitions to highlight the various elements of Hip-Hop culture under one roof. We are approaching this year with renewed vigor and commitment to showcasing the legends of our culture alongside the new generation.