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Beat goes on: Native rappers close out Bklyn Hip Hop Fest’s all-day finale concert - Brooklyn Paper

Beat goes on: Native rappers close out Bklyn Hip Hop Fest’s all-day finale concert

Native son: Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli performed alongside fellow Kings Countian Mos Def as Duo Black star to headline the finale concert at this year’s Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.
Photo by Trey Pentecost

It was a celebration of local sounds.

Music-lovers from across the borough and beyond boogied down in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Saturday as an all-star lineup of performers closed out this year’s Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.

The 14th-annual fest, which featured a series of live shows, lectures, and other activities between July 10 and 14, culminated with the so-called Homecoming Concert headlined by local legends of the genre Talib Kweli and Mos Def, a duo together known as Black Star, which took the stage set up near Pier 1 following a slew of other musicians, many of whom also cut their teeth in the county where such iconic rappers as Jay-Z and Christopher “Biggie” Wallace rose to fame.

Brooklyn-bred rhyme spitters Skyzoo and Latasha were among those that warmed up the crowd before the main event, along with out-of-town acts that included Pharoahe Monch, who hails from the outer borough of Queens, and California-based rapper Caleborate.

And the roughly seven-hour bash boasted other attractions — including a pop-up barbershop, rap karaoke, and plenty of vendors hawking food, drink, and other merchandise — that kept attendees busy in between sets.

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