Photography By: Steven Lau (@SLphotographies)

The Brooklyn Hip-Hop festival returned for its ninth year from July 10 to July 13. Starting as a small acknowledgment of all things hip-hop, the festival has grown enormously every subsequent year. There have been plenty of memorable moments due in part to the bigger lineup of performances. Take for instance, last year’s headliner Busta Rhymes that reunited with his former Leader of the New School comrades. You also can’t forget the surprise performance by Q-Tip and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest. Just in case you needed a reminder, Brooklyn Bodega continues the tradition of making history.

This year’s festivities were held at Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 5. Keeping its allure as a more underground “Rock the Bells,” the lineup featured some of the borough’s standout up-and-comers. MCs such as Dillion Cooper, DyMe-A-DuZin and Danse held their own impressive sets, while out-of-towner Dizzy Wright exceeded the high expectations. Chances are you already know Redman, EPMD and Pusha T, but it’s the way the festival bridges the gap between old and new that’s the icing on the cake.

XXL ventured to New York’s cultural hub of hip-hop and we weren't let down. From Lil' Fame’s scene-stealing performance to Redman igniting the crowd, we’ve assembled the best moments from the festival. See you next year, rap fans.—Eric Diep, Chisom Uzosike & Imani McIntyre