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. FounderWes 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