Q-tip, a founding member of the seminal Queens hip-hop group “A Tribe Called Quest” — best known for their album “The Low End Theoryand singles “Scenario” and “Can I Kick it?” — helped curate this year’s Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, produced by hip-hop advocacy group Brooklyn Bodega. The festival, now in its seventh year, spans six venues, culminating in a free main stage concert, which Q-tip will headline.
A number of the events promote community engagement and family ties — true to Tribe’s message of positive thinking and social awareness. But fun, of course, will take center stage. Can you kick it? Yes you can!
Show and Prove Super Bowl
Monday, July 11 @ 8 p.m. $8
The festival, which has been lauded for drawing attention to local talent, begins Monday with a competition between local independent rappers at Brooklyn Bowl. The winner of the contest will perform at the main stage event on Saturday.
Bodega Education Initiative
Wednesday, July 13 @ 10 a.m. $10
Pratt Institute is hosting a series of talks and seminars dedicated to exploring the history of the genre and the intellectual questions surrounding the contemporary scene.
Bodega Recognition Awards
Friday, July 15 @ 8 p.m. $20
The Hip-hop music and culture awards ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel will pay homage to influential figures. Categories include “best independent MC” and “best streetwear line”.
Saturday, July 16 @ 12 p.m. $5 for ages 12 and under, $15 for general admission
This afternoon block party at Brooklyn Bridge Plaza and Tobacco Warehouse is dedicated to social change and individual empowerment. It will feature family friendly music performances.
Main Stage Performances
Saturday, July 16 @ 12 p.m. $15
The free main event takes place underneath the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO. Performers include headliner Q-tip, Brownsville’s M.O.P., Torae, Random Axe and more.
To really get in the festival spirit, go see “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest” — a documentary, currently in theaters, which explores the group’s tumultuous reunion.