The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

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The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
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GenreHip hop
DatesWeek in July
Location(s)Brooklyn, New York, United States
Years active2005 - present
Founded byBrooklyn Bodega

The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF) is an annual celebration of Hip-Hop music and culture. It is produced The Bodega Agency a wholly owned subsidiary of Brooklyn Bodega, Inc.


According to the official BHF website, "Our aim is to highlight Hip-Hop’s legacy as an agent of artistic progression, community building and social change."[1]

The festival is held during July at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is situated on the shores of the East River and is accessible by multiple subway and bus lines, the thruway and New York Water Taxi service.

Established in 2005, BHF has grown from a parking lot in Williamsburg to the largest hip hop event in New York City. The Festival's format centers around its Hip-Hop Performance Day and includes a variety of affiliated hip hop cultural events that occur in the days leading up to the festival. Besides its music programming, the festival also features a "Family Day" segment that has music, performances, demonstrations and seminars from a host of family centric organizations.

In 2012, the Festival continued its new format of programming with “Busta & Friends” and topped Festival history with a record-breaking 30,000+ in attendance (20,000 on its Performance Day). Busta Rhymes & Friends would feature classic hits performed with Spliff Star and a surprise line-up that included Buckshot of Black Moon, Smif –N-Wessun, Lil’ Fame of M.O.P., Slick Rick, Reek Da Villain. The icing on the cake was a Leaders Of The New School reunion with Charlie Brown and Dinco D which was 19 years in the making. The night ended with L.O.N.S performing “Scenario” and bringing Phife and Q-Tip (musician) out just as the cops killed the power.

According to Time Out, "(The BHF is) (d)ifferent from the bigger hip-hop packages like Rock the Bells that will be touring the U.S. all summer, this is a show that seems purely for New York, and it affords an opportunity for the artists to give back... Local businesses also showed their support, with booths ranging from Brooklyn Brewery to FLUD Watches and Hoodman Clothing."[2] In 2010, NY1 interviewed Hip-Hop artist Torae who said "It's just awesome, you know, for new, upcoming artists like myself to be out here and perform with legends and get to touch people from young to old, every race." Steele (rapper) of the hip-hop duo Smif-N-Wessun added "It's packed -- no violence -- so it dispels all the myths that hip-hop brings violence and stuff. It's beautiful out there, it's young kids out there, it's older people out there. It's people from all walks."[3]

The BHF is owned by Brooklyn Bodega, which uses the proceeds from the festival to support year-round cultural programming including but not limited to: the blogazine and online home, and most recently The Bodega Agency, our boutique marketing and branding operation.[4]


The Festival has been held yearly since 2005 when it was founded by Wes Jackson, entrepreneur and current Executive Director and President of Brooklyn Bodega and co-founders, Gregory Trani and Douglas Nettingham. Since 2006, it has been hosted by Ralph McDaniels, who was responsible for creating Video Music Box, the first music video show focused exclusively to an urban market—broadcast on public television.

Below is a listing of past BHF performers:








"Q-Tip & Friends" special presentation:

Additional artists:


"Busta Rhymes & Friends" special presentation:

Additional artists:


Additional Artists / Special Guests:

  • Soul Understated
  • Danse of BKLYN STICKUP
  • DJ Raw Beats
  • Kon Boogie


Additional Artists / Special Guests



  • Nas
  • The Soul Rebels
  • Fabolous
  • Talib Kweli
  • Rapsody
  • DJ Rob Swift
  • Ralph McDaniels
  • Your Old Droog
  • Taylor Bennett
  • Nick Grant
  • Radamiz
  • Torae
  • Skyzoo
  • Money & Violence
  • Moruf
  • Oshun
  • Deray Mckesson
  • Combat Jack
  • Ibrahim H. (Dreamville)
  • Kim Osorio
  • Sam Pollard
  • Bill Adler
  • Masego
  • Kazeem Famuyide
  • Brandon "Jinx" Jenkins
  • Julian Mitchell
  • Jamie "Marlo" Hector
  • Greg Tate
  • Melo X
  • Wayno
  • Jen Bklyn
  • Chrybaby Cozie & Litefeet Nation
  • Lavan Wright
  • Lenny Bass
  • Sean Williams
  • Jason Nelson
  • Calvan Fowler
  • Randy Wilkins
  • Cat Daddy Slim
  • DJ Midnight
  • Kerim The DJ
  • House Arrest 2
  • Justin Milhouse
  • Fred Daniels
  • Andy Mac
  • B. Seth
  • Mr. D.T.
  • Tia Williams
  • Timothy Wellbeck
  • Trisha Bell
  • Stephen A. Levite
  • Lindsay Fauntleroy
  • Dr. Michael A. Lindsey
  • Dr. Naemma Burgess
  • Wes & Ebonie Jackson
  • Juels Pierrot

Additional Artists / Special Guests


Additional Artists / Special Guests


The Bodega Agency and Brooklyn Bodega, producers of the annual celebration of Hip-Hop music and culture returns from July 10-14, 2018, marking the 14th installation of the acclaimed Festival – a week of lectures, workshops, exhibitions screenings and the world-famous concert. 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of 'Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star' (Yasiin Bey & Talib Kweli), the only album released by the two legends as Black Star. Organizers are ecstatic about the headliners of the finale concert as well as the expanded programming of the Hip-Hop Institute. 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. 2018 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.

Additional Artists / Special Guests

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brooklyn Bodega: About the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Official Site, Retrieved January 30, 2010.
  2. ^ Time Out New York: Video from the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival 2009 Official Site, Retrieved January 30, 2010.
  3. ^ NY1: Annual Hip-Hop Festival Sends Good Vibes Through DUMBO Archived 2010-10-23 at the Wayback Machine Official Site, Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  4. ^ Brooklyn Bodega: About the Bodega Official Site, Retrieved January 30, 2010.

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