Common, Mobb Deep, FreeWay & More Rock The Brooklyn Festival Stage

Untitled design (3)The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival returned for its 11th year, where Hip-Hop heads and artists alike are able to celebrate the music we all love. The annual event rocked the Williamsburg, Brooklyn area with one of their hottest concerts yet; although last year’s unexpected Jay-Z appearance now holds the most difficult to top, this year’s event was epic nonetheless.  There were back-to-back performances from emerging and notable underground MC’s; all of which, eventually,  led up to this year’s headliner, the incomparable Common. Despite a few technical difficulties, the day was full of laughs, cool vibes, and dope music. Here’s a rundown of the BK Hip-Hop Festival incase you missed it. It was hot, and the sun was at its peak, but that didn’t stop the festival’s attendees from slowly gathering front stage. First to perform was Brooklyn’s PitchBlak Brass Band. The 10-piece band set the tone with their vibrant brass sounds infused with classic Hip-Hop. Artist, John Robinson  then followed, kicking sweet knowledge to the crowd. He brought an elegance and sophistication to the stage, leaving the crowd with a few take-home messages. Towards the end of his set, he performed his track “Vinyl is Forever.” The next two artists to perform were Stro and SkyZoo. Stro was given limited time, but as promised, tore up the stage accordingly. During his set, the young rapper brought out a special guest, and at the end, spit an exclusive verse for his fans and the festival. SkyZoo, who gave a high-energy performance that had the crowd hyped and ready for the next set, then followed suit. The BK rapper kicked a few tracks from his newest  LP,  Music From My Friends, to life by bringing out a live trumpeter on stage and a little help from his friends. Untitled design (7) The next performer, Charles Hamilton admitted he was “smacked”, but gave a fully-satisfying performance. He played his most notable tracks, like “Brooklyn Girls,” and much more. Hamilton then, slowed things up with by unexpected performance on the piano. Not to mention, he had the crowd laughing out loud with back-to-back jokes beforehand. Overall, it was a great performance. Rising R&B duo Lion Babe brought a sweet mix to the stage. The two began their set with a rendition of A Tribe Called Quest’s ” Can We Kick It,” and then transitioned into their popular tracks “Wonder Woman, “Jump Hi” and “Treat Me Like Fire.” Even when technical issues struck during their performance, the lead singer’s graceful dance moves saved the night. The night quickly became more heated when the Queen’s Duo, Mobb Deep blessed the stage. Havoc and Prodigy continued celebrating their 20th anniversary of their second studio album, The Infamous, by playing all of our favorite tracks from the LP like “Temperature’s Rising”, “Thug Muzik,” and “G.O.D. pt III.” Saying the crowd was hyped would be an understatement. The two veteran emcees rocked the stage and held back nothing. It got real Philly when Freeway made his way to the stage. With a new album underway, FreeWill, the ex-Rock-A-Fella member teased a couple of joints we can expect, not too long before performing classic hits like, “What We Do.” Consequence was added to the lineup and made a brief appearance. After performing a few tracks, he ensured the crowd that they can expect a great comeback story, and to check out his song “Countdown,” featuring Lupe Fiasco and Chris Turner.   Although an hour past his scheduled time slot due to technical difficulties, Common ran on stage automatically giving life to the restless crowd who had been waiting. The Chicago rap-God dominated the stage and brought a surge of energy that was fascinating to watch. He performed his hits, including “Testify,” “Be,” “Go,” and his most recent gem “Glory.” Taking his high energy set event further, the Chicago rapper brought out Brooklyn’s own, the Goddess Mc, Foxy Brown, who performed her classic verse from Jay-z’s “Ain’t No Ni**a it was the perfect way to bring the show back to Brooklyn and an incredible ending to a long day and long week of events.