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Nas, Talib Kweli to Headline Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival in DUMBO

 Nas will be headlining the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park July 13 to 16.
Nas will be headlining the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park July 13 to 16.
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BROOKLYN — A Queens hip-hop legend will take the stage in Brooklyn this summer. 

Nas will headline the 12th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, along with Talib Kweli, Fabolous, Rapsody, DJ Rob Smith and others, festival organizers announced Monday.

“I am proud of the programming the team has put together this year,” festival director Wes Jackson said in a statement.

“Nas was one of the last legends of the game we wanted to get. Been after that brother for six years!” 

Presented by Brooklyn Bodega, the four-day festival will return to Brooklyn Bridge Park July 13-16 after a two-year stint in Williamsburg.

“This is our home and while I have love for up north [Brooklyn], we belong right here in this world-class park,” Jackson said.

The main stage for Saturday’s Finale Concert will be set up directly under the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO, with a second stage next door at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Vendor Village will set up shop on New Dock Street, featuring local entrepreneurs, small business and restaurants.

The first two days of programming will take place at Medgar Evars College in Crown Heights. 

Wednesday’s Hip-Hop Institute will feature lectures, panels, and workshops on entrepreneurship and criminal justice in the community. Thursday’s Dummy Clap Film Festival will feature screenings of old school hip-hop films, documentaries and shorts, along with master classes from leading filmmakers.

Friday’s Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition will bring DJ showcases, dance battles, a sneaker exhibit, live art and original art installations to St. Ann’s Warehouse. 

The festival will culminate with Saturday’s Finale Concert at Brooklyn Bridge Park, where hip-hop fans can expect to see reunited groups and surprise performances, according to the festival’s organizers. 

Some events, like the Hip-Hop Institute and Dummy Clap Film Festival, are free with RSVP. Early bird tickets go for $45 for general admission to Saturday’s Finale Concert. To buy your early bird ticket, click here.