BK Hip-Hop Fest Survives The Rain, Black Thought Hits The Stage For Surprise Performance [With Exclusive Pictures]

The fifth annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival went down this past Saturday (June 20) at Brooklyn Bridge State Park, offering a showcase for East Coast vets and indie favorites to rock, and rap purists to embrace.

A long list of New York MCs like Styles P, Pharoahe Monch and dead prez, took to the stage throughout the eight-hour event. Forced to take place under a tent because of the rain, the weather wasn’t the only surprise at the show. The audience of a thousand-plus fans was graced with unannounced appearances by hometown favorite O.C. and The Roots front man Black Thought, the latter of whom was brought out by Styles for “Get Busy.” The D-Block MC highlighted his 20-minute set with the rousing track “I’m Black” and finished it off with “We Gonna Make It.”

Highlights from headliner Pharoahe included “Oh No” and the show-closing smash “Simon Says.” Midway through the finale, event organizers cut the Queens rapper short, citing time issues but backed by the crowd in protest, Monch finished his anthem in full.

Over the course of the day, dead prez took to the stage with Green Lantern manning the turntables, launching into material from the newest LP, Pulse of the People, as well as the classic, “Hip Hop.” DJ Premier, Grand Puba, Smif-N-Wessun, Marco Polo and Torae, and Donny Goines also performed, among others.

Since its inception, the festival has risen in popularity by offering by-donation ticketing despite having almost an entire day’s worth of hip-hip on hand. -Devin Chanda

Photographs courtesy of Adrian Fernandez. Click on image to enlarge.

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  • Jamal7Mile


    Everyday, I inch closer and closer to moving to NYC. Yall having fun out there!

    • Pierzy

      What up ‘Mal?

      I’m probably moving up there in a couple of years so join the movement!

  • NotFeelinIt

    Can we see some brighter more colorful pictures where the performers faces aren’t completely blocked by microphones? This reviewer forgot to mention that Buckshot Shorty and Brand Nubians performed unannounced. Was the writer even at the concert?

  • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusiprofile EmCDL

    Damn I wish I there!!!

  • DV8

    Man I wish I was there.

  • BeerGangsta

    New York always have live summers with free Concert. I am getting made because I am missing all these live Concert. I got to get out of Honkey Cashville! Shit is dead! I got to go a live city. In a hurry!

  • DetroitDraper

    Yea that small town bs is wack. Im from the D obviously but I’ve traveled most of the US and its so not me

    • BeerGangsta

      You right Detroit. Big cities get richer quicker. While the small towns be followers quicker. They are 10 to 20 years behind.

  • $ykotic

    Missed that one. I’ma be there for the ending swing of those concerts.

    It’s a lot of fun, but it’s still NY. Don’t forget that.

    I know hundreds of cats in Bklyn that would love to be where ya’ll are at.

    But slow ass 503 don’t bother me. Helped me recover quicker.