Obasi Jackson performs during the Hip Hop in NYC free concert series at the Brooklyn Army Terminal on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021.
Photo by Caroline Ourso
Hundreds of hip-hop fans gathered at the Brooklyn Army Terminal on Aug. 19 for a rocking music-fest marking the city’s revival from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The free “Homecoming Concert,” officially sponsored by the City of New York, brought some of the biggest figures of hip-hop to Kings County — including Big Daddy Kane, Papoose, Maino, and Desiigner.
Thursday’s show on the Sunset Park Waterfront, where all attendees were required to be vaccinated, came one day ahead of the final city-run concert in Central Park on Friday night, which will feature the likes of Bruce Springsteen, The Killers, Jennifer Hudson, and more.
As through the past week of borough-based concerts, attendees were addressed by newly minted MCs, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Majority Leader Charles Schumer, also known as “Killer Chuck” — who made for himself as a rapper at the Bronx concert by dancing on stage andrapping about a plaque.
“Juumane [Williams] says he the highest-ranking Black official in New York, what about me?” Schumer joked to scattered laughs, before busting into another short rap.
A third generation Brooklynite, Ben Verde is living the dream covering Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Crown Heights, and Prospect Lefferts Gardens for his hometown newspaper. Verde’s name first graced the pages of Brooklyn Paper in 2018 as an intern covering the Brooklyn Cyclones.