DMX And The LOX Headline 2017 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival


DMX And The LOX Headline 2017 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival 

Brooklyn Bodega and The Bodega Agency, producers of The 13th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival are pleased to announce the details of its annual celebration of Hip-Hop Music and Culture. This year the Festival is coming back bigger than ever with a week of events celebrating all aspects of the culture including art, music, fashion, film, education, and more.


The Festival promises unforgettable, once in a lifetime moments as well as a place for dialogue, community engagement and advocacy. #ForTheCulture



This July 10th – July 16th the entire Hip-Hop nation is invited to the Planet of Brooklyn for over a week’s worth of rhymes, knowledge, film, photography, MCs, DJs, B-Boys, B-Girls, food, fashion and more.






Headlining this year’s Festival is DMX. The Yonkers MC shines as one of the most honest artists to ever put words to wax. Long before artists of today dominated the charts, DMX set the bar as the first artist to ever post two #1 Billboard records in a calendar year with”It’s Dark and Hell is Hot” and “Flesh of my Flesh”.  X is an iconic, inter-generational artist rarely seen in Hip-Hop.


The Lox


Joining DMX are fellow Ruff Ryders, The LOX.  JadakissStyles P and Sheek Louch united over 20 years ago to form one of Hip-Hop’s most enduring groups. The 2000’s saw the three brothers pursue highly successful solo careers. They reunited this year to release their first album in 16 years, “Filthy America… It’s Beautiful”.  We welcome their triumphant return to Brooklyn.


OSHUN                                           Stretch and Bobbito

DJ Mister Cee                                       Uncle Ralph McDaniels

Adding to the new sounds of the culture are Niambi Sala and Thandiwe aka OSHUN, who will also be blessing that Main stage on July 15th.  The ladies played the second stage in 2016, and as 2017 approached we knew we needed to invite them back.  Their refreshing sound is pure Hip-Hop with their own unique spin. They are soulful, spiritual, with uplifting voices who can also spit with the best of them.


Legendary DJ duo Stretch and Bobbito, the famed radio personalities whose influential radio show defined an era of Hip-Hop will be next door in St. Ann’s Warehouse. They will all be joined by DJ Mister Cee, Festival house DJ, Rob Swift, as well as hosts Uncle Ralph McDaniels and Torae and many more Finale Concert artists to be announced.



Omen, Cozz, Bas

On Friday, July 14th at The Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition, the Festival will be hosting Bas, Cozz, & Omen.  The MCs signed to J. Cole’s Dreamville imprint are without a doubt some of the best wordsmiths of this generation. With a cult following of their own and an impressive discography and tour history these MCs stand on their own as the next generation of Hip-Hop artists who are leading the culture into a new world. Do not miss them as they bring that Dreamcatcher magic to St. Ann’s Warehouse, along with Atlanta duo EarthGang.


Juice will also host acclaimed A&R/industry vet, Sickamore, for an exclusive photo exhibit documenting the creative process behind some of Hip-Hop’s greatest works.  The “Brooklyn’s Finest” art gallery will feature art celebrating Brooklyn Hip-Hop legends, the late Notorious B.I.G. and Jay Z, curated by The Bishop Gallery.  House DJs, Kerim The DJ and DJ Midnite return to this year’s exhibition to continue providing their bright flavor throughout the event.



#ForTheCulture Conversations

A new wrinkle being introduced this year are the . The series features Hip-Hop’s brightest minds sitting down with some of the culture’s most influential and provocative artists and influencers.




Festival Founder and Executive Director, Wes Jackson will kick off the series on Monday, July 10th, with the legendary Rakim as a part of his ‘Told It First Hand’ series at The Brooklyn Historical Society. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to listen, learn and build with arguably the greatest Hip-Hop MC of all time as he celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the seminal album, “Paid In Full”





Combat Jack                                  Julian Mitchell 


Day Two will feature Julian Mitchell and his acclaimed “Get Paid To Be Yourself” Series.  The Forbes column and career workshop, which was featured at last years’ Hip-Hop Institute, will focus on identifying and properly monetizing your human brand in today’s digital world.

Day Three – We will be live with the undisputed #1 Hip-Hop podcast, The Combat Jack Show. The man who brought the podcast game to Hip-Hop, Reggie Ose aka Combat Jack, will bring his in-depth conversations about music, news, culture & race to the Festival.




For more information on full Festival programming please see below


For an unforgettable experience of true Hip-Hop Culture make sure to join us on the following days of the Festival that have been expanded in scope and diversity:


July 10th – Told It First Hand with Rakim

The live interview series hosted by Festival Founder and Executive Director Wes Jackson will be blessed by the legendary Rakim.

Location: The Brooklyn Historical Society


July 11th – Get Paid To Be Yourself

The Forbes column and career workshop created by Julian Mitchell will have a live conversation with a cultural influencer who mastered the skill set of monetizing their value by taking their talent and turning them into sustainable income.

Location: TBA


July 12th – The Hip-Hop Institute

Lectures, panels, and workshops dedicated to the study and advancement of issues of entrepreneurship and criminal justice in our community made up of the most influential people from Hip-Hop culture.

Location: Medgar Evers College, Crown Heights, Brooklyn


The Combat Jack Show Live

The original #1 Hip-Hop podcast, the Combat Jack Show with Reggie Ose aka Combat Jack.

Location: Medgar Evers College

July 13th – The Dummy Clap Film Festival

A celebration of Hip-Hop as told through the moving image. Screenings of old school films, documentaries, and shorts.  As well as Masters Classes from leading filmmakers both indie and major.

Location: Medgar Evers College, Crown Heights, Brooklyn

July 14th – Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition

A night dedicated to showcasing all aspects of the culture.  DJ showcases, Dance battles, sneaker exhibit, live art and well as original art installations.

Featuring: Bas, Cozz, Omen, Kerim The DJ, Sickamore, EarthGang, DJ Midnite, The Bishop Gallery, and more.

Location: St. Ann’s Warehouse, DUMBO, Brooklyn

July 15th – The Finale Concert

The culmination of our programming. The legendary show that has created unforgettable memories for over a decade with reunited groups and surprise performances. The place where old school legends share the stage with next generation’s stars.

Featuring: DMX, The Lox, Stretch & Bobbito, Oshun, DJ Mister Cee, DJ Rob Swift, and more Hosted by Uncle Ralph McDaniels and Torae.

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO, Brooklyn


July 16th – Hackathon

A day to just chill out and vibe out after the excitement of the Finale Concert.  Watch tech savvy Hip-Heads collaborate to create software specifically geared toward the improvement of the culture.

Location:St. Ann’s Warehouse, DUMBO, Brooklyn




Wes Jackson, Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Founder & Executive Director –

“I am proud to say Hip-Hop is as strong as ever. Our music is now the leading driver of streaming revenue from Tidal to Spotify. Our artists are headlining the biggest Festivals from California to the U.K. We are who people turn on The Grammy’s to see. We lead the marches and protests. We drive the trends from fashion to technology.  Our families and businesses are growing. It is indeed a wonderful time.  To celebrate this wonderful moment for the culture we made a commitment to dig deeper. While some dip their toe into Hip-Hop for ratings or sales we want it known that we are here ‘For The Culture’, as they say.


This is not a meme or joke to us. Those three words guide every decision we make.  Whether it is welcoming The Lox back, celebrating the career of DMX, turning folks on to Oshun, building with Rakim, partying with Stretch and Bobbito, peeking into the mind of Sickamore or supporting the work of the Dreamville crew, we do it all ‘For The Culture’.


For the too often overlooked women who have built this thing of ours, for the pioneers who never imagined their work would shake the world to its core, for the young artists who are misunderstood or marginalized, for the little boy or girl sitting in his bedroom right now dreaming of being the next Kendrick Lamar, Nelson George or Mimi Valdes, for the entrepreneur  looking to get his business off the ground, and for the Hip-Hop head who just wants to spend the week in Brooklyn and soak it all in. We do it for you.


We hope you join us for a week of peace, love, unity and having fun, the way I was taught by my elders.”




July 10 -16


Brooklyn Bridge Park

Medgar Evers College

St. Ann’s Warehouse

The Brooklyn Historical Society

And more to be announced



Limited Early Bird, individual and all week tickets are available here.

Additional sale information will be announced.



For all updates please follow @bkhiphopfest on Twitter and Instagram. Like us on Facebook and of course check for all your needs.


Want to Perform?

For all MCs/artists who are ready to win a chance to rock out at the Festival’s Finale Concert, get your submissions ready and submit them here

via Sonicbids


For additional information please contact Teddy Altifois,


Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Partners With The Dazzler Brooklyn Hotel

We would also like to welcome the Dazzler Brooklyn Hotel as the official hotel for the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival!  Located in beautiful Downtown Brooklyn at 85 Flatbush Avenue. Festival goers can reserve rooms at discounted rates here.


Vendor Village

Our Vendor Village is a highlight of the Festival.  Providing the Festival with a variety of foods/sweets, apparel shops and more, vendors help keep the crowd vibin’ throughout the event.  If your business would like to be a vendor at the Festival please

Complete the application here


Call for Volunteers!

Our wonderful corps of volunteers is what helps keep the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival going strong.  Volunteering is a great way to get your career rolling or switch careers for those tired of watching the culture pass them by.  Gain experience, make contacts, and work with a pretty dope crew.

To apply as a volunteer 

please complete the application here


About The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

Established in 2005, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is New York City’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event that showcases the positivity of Hip-Hop culture.  The Festival offers a variety of culture based educational and entertainment events, which are in addition to its performances.  Activities include panel lectures, exhibitions, movie screenings and even a family-friendly block party for all.  The Festival’s initiative is to celebrate and preserve Hip-Hop’s legacy of promoting artistic progression, community building and social change by bringing together all lovers of this great culture.

In the last twelve years, the Festival has achieved a number of memorable milestones with an impressive roster of Hip-Hop acts that include Jay-Z, Nas, Kanye West, Q-Tip, Common, Talib Kweli, Fabolous, Kendrick Lamar, Rapsody, Lupe Fiasco, Black Thought of The Roots, Busta Rhymes, Ghostface Killah, De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Premier and more.

And 2016 rocked out with Nas, Fabolous, Talib Kweli, who brought out the Crooklyn Dodgers for a classic old school performance of their hit “Crooklyn” , and Rapsody who made her first announcement on signing with Jay Z’s label, Roc Nation, on our Festival stage.









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