Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

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Updated: July 22, 2014

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

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The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is loved for the homage it pays to some of Hip-Hop’s royalty. On July 12th, the festival celebrated its 10th anniversary and it was most certainly one to remember. The show headlined artists Jay Electronica, Raekwon, newcomer, C.J. Flyy and it featured some very prominent surprise special guests, which gathered quite a buzz.

As Jay Electronica blessed the stage, the crowd anticipated who he’d bring out. His guest appearances started off with artists like, Talib Kweli, and J. Cole, who helped him to perform “Just Begun.” Mac Miller also blessed the stage with a freestyle, and after forgetting his verse, he reassured the crowd that he was a dope rapper.

The incomparable JAY-Z made a pit stop while “On The Run” with his wife, and surprised an already amped crowd during Electronica’s set. “It feels good to be home” he yelled to the crowd as he managed to spit tracks like “Young Gifted and Black”, “Shiny Suit Theory”, “We Made It”. The rap mogul ended his set with “Public Service Announcement”, which put the crowd into a frenzy before the Brooklyn born emcee departed very quickly through a back entrance.

In between sets, DJ Rob Swift kept everyone energized with classic Hip-Hop tracks that the crowd all knew and loved. Spoken word artist, Saul Williams, did an impromptu piece inspired by Shakur. CJ Flyy performed with a live band and his performance created a pure essence that brought a great energy and a unique sound to the show.

Raekwon managed to effortlessly run through some of his classic hits along with some of Wu-Tang’s. Much to the crowd’s surprise, he didn’t bring out anyone from the clan, but instead Raekwon used his set as an opportunity to show love for Brooklyn, his birthplace, and much of Hip-Hop’s newer generations. “The God” brought out artists like Bobby Shmurder, Troy Ave, and AZ. Though it wasn’t planned, with the help of the crowd, “MOP” (not both) managed to muster up the strength to do a huge performance of the classic, “Ante Up”. The song did what it normally does – put the crowd in an uproar and contributed to one of the greatest moments of the night.

The 10th anniversary of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival has set the bar for the years to come. It will forever go down as one to remember and will be the hardest, thus far, to top.

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