Perhaps a function of hip-hop’s modern-day jones for old-school signifiers like rope chains and battle raps, the fourth annual iteration of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is making a decidedly, uh, conscious effort to turn back the clock. To wit: Saturday’s all-day jam features MC, archivist, and self-proclaimed Blastmaster KRS-ONE, legendary beat-miner DJ Premier, and former Black Moon vet Buckshot, while retro-future rap practitioners Mickey Factz and Fresh Daily aim to channel their elders’ throwback vibe. Keeping all the indie heads bobbing into the early evening are J. Period and 88-Keys. But that’s just the grand finale. The three-day festival kicks off tonight at Brooklyn’s Masonic Temple with neo-soul crooner Bilal and BK’s own Smif & Wessun, among others, and continues on Friday at powerHouse Arena. Brooklyn keeps on taking it. Check for full schedule and locations.
July 10-12, 2008