Jay-Z, Biggie, and Talib Kweli are just a few of the great rappers who call Brooklyn home. So it's no wonder that hip-hop lovers from all over attend the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, which features three days of parties and music. Now in its fifth year, the festival kicks off with a photo exhibition (which looks back on the festival's first four years) and an after-party at Galapagos Art Space. Saturday, at Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, is the main event with a lineup that includes dead prez, Grand Puba, Pharoahe Monch, DJ Premier, and Styles P. Founder Wes Jackson says Brooklyn is the stomping ground for innovative artists looking to bend the genre: "I have noticed that hip-hop artists from around the world are flocking to Brooklyn to get their career started. Like country singers have to be in Nashville. Now hip-hop lives in Brooklyn."
Thu., June 18, 7 p.m., 2009