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

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Native daughter: Local rapper Latasha also took the stage during the roughly seven-hour event.
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Supermagic: Mos Def, during his performance with Talib Kweli.
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Family fun: Francis, Jasmine, and Amar Cuevas enjoyed the festival’s closing bash.
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Popped in: Mom and dad Indra and Lou Hakan, far left and right, stopped by the event with daughters Alyssa and Hailey while visiting Brooklyn from Missouri.
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Jump around!: Fans waved their hands in the air like they just didn’t care during the show.

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.

Updated 11:26 am, July 18, 2018
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