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Since 2005 the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival has been showcasing Hip-Hop’s legacy and influence while treating attendees to musical performances, film screenings, and even block parties. Beginning Wednesday, July 13th, the 2016 edition of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival will be anchored by an appearance from Hip-Hop veteran Nas as it celebrates its 12th anniversary at Brooklyn Medgar Evers College on Bedford Ave.

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The four-day event will kick off with an opening keynote address from civil rights activist and Baltimore mayoral candidate, DeRay Mckesson and will then delve into subjects such as the state of Hip-Hop journalism and include a seminar on mental and physical health that was inspired by the passing of Hip-Hop greats, Phife Dawg, Sean Price, and Chris Lighty amongst others.

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