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The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival has become a summer mainstay and this year is no different. 2016’s headliners include Nas, Fabolous and Talib Kweli, as well as Rapsody.

Brooklyn Bodega, Inc. and The Bodega Agency, the producers of Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, now in its 12th year, announced that this year’s annual celebration goes down July 13 – 16. Also, the festival’s house DJ will be Rob Swift, of X-ecutioners fame, and its hosts are once again Uncle Ralph McDaniels and Brooklyn rapper Torae.

More than just a concert, the festival touts four days of “beats, rhymes, knowledge, film, photography, MCs, DJs, B-Boys, B-Girls, food, fashion and more.”

“I am proud of the programming the team has put together this year. Nas was one of the last legends of the game we wanted to get. Been after that brother for six years!,” said Festival Executive Director Wes Jackson. “The fans (in our office and out) have been on us to get Fabolous as well. He is a Brooklyn king and we are honored to have him on our stage this year. [Talib] Kweli’s art and activism mirrors our own so much that people assumed he had played our stage before. He has been a guest several times but now we have him on that bill for real. Rapsody is an amazing talent that we also have been after for the past three years. She is coming off a banner and Grammy nominated year and I have no doubt people will be thrilled to put a name to the voice on that classic Kendrick [Lamar] album.”

Check out a partial itinerary, with much more to come, below. You can already cop tickets to the 2016 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival right here.

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2016 Schedule of Events
July 13th – The Hip-Hop Institute. Lectures, panels, and workshops dedicated to the study and advancement of issues of entrepreneurship and criminal justice in our community.
Location: Medgar Evers College, Crown Heights, Brooklyn


July 14th – The Dummy Clap Film Festival. A 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.
Location: Medgar Evers College, Crown Heights, Brooklyn


July 15th – Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition. A night dedicated to showcasing all aspects of the culture.  DJ showcases, dance battles, sneaker exhibit, live art  as well as original art installations.
Location: St. Ann’s Warehouse,  45 Water Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn


July 16th – The Finale Concert. The culmination of our programming. The legendary show that has created unforgettable memories for over a decade. The place where old school legends share the stage with next generation’s stars.


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