From Wednesday, July 13th to Saturday, July 16th, the largest Hip-Hop cultural event in New York City will welcome thousands to celebrate the Hip-Hop culture.
Headlining the festival this year is Hip-Hop icon and legendary MC Nasir Jones, better known as Nas. Joining Nas will be Brooklyn’s own Fabolous as well as fellowBrooklyn native, activist and MC Talib Kweli.
“We are looking forward to a record year with record attendance,” said Wes Jackson, founder of the festival. “Having a legend like Nas lead the bill has helped us reach new heights.”
More importantly, the festival has created an atmosphere where people can come together as a community to converse, organize and celebrate themselves while discussing social issues going on around the country, said Jackson.
The first two days of the festival will be held at the English Department at Medgar Evers College.
This year the festival is putting emphasis on not just the big music performances on Saturday but the full four-day Hip-Hop experience.
Kicking off the festival on Wednesday will be a full day conference consisting of lectures, panels and workshops focusing on the advancement of issues of entrepreneurship and criminal justice in the community. The conference will feature civil rights activist, educator and politician DeRay Mckesson as well as Julian Mitchell, Sean Williams and more.
On Thursday, the Dummy Clap Film Festival will play old school documentaries, films and shorts. Present at the film festival will be the creators of Money & Violence, Sam Pollard, Randy Wilkins and more.
The following two days will take place at St.Ann’s Warehouse. The finale concert will be under the Brooklyn Bridge.
On Friday, the Juice Hip Hop Exhibition will celebrate the legacy of hip-hop by hosting a group of young and emerging dancers, DJs, MCs, sneakerheads and visual and graffiti artists to showcase their talents. The exhibition will feature Your Old Droog, Taylor Bennet, Nick Grant and more.
Closing up the festival on Saturday will be the legendary finale show that has kept people coming to the festival for decades.
Opening its doors at 1 p.m., the show will be hosted by Uncle Ralph McDaniels and Torae and will feature Nas, Fabolous, Talib Kweli, Rapsody, DJ Rob Swift and more.
More than just a concert, the Hip-Hop festival aims to celebrate all aspects of the Hip-Hop culture including music, art, film and community activism.