A little rain couldn’t rattle the good energy at this year’s Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, as fans and families came out to the Brooklyn Bridge Park for an afternoon of good music and great eats. The festivities kicked off at 12 p.m. with Family Day, as vendors set up shop selling merchandise, soul food, and other types of treats, and the Brooklyn Nets rolled their bus out for a little shoot around. Torae served as host and MC, keeping the acts in motion, including a set by Dizzy Wright and a Beastie Boys tribute mix by DJ Enuff, as the day progressed. Spike Lee was even on hand, promoting his anti-violence movement and posing for pictures throughout the day.
The afternoon’s headliners started taking the stage around 5 p.m., with Redman going first, running through hits from his 20-plus year career, and eventually taking it into the crowd for “Da Rockwilder.” EPMD had next, unleashing their classic cuts and bringing Red back out for “Headbanger.” The mood shifted though as Pusha T, the festival’s final act, brought his menacing flow and persona out, running through his well-known G.O.O.D. Music verses, some recent mixtape selections, and a few Clipse throwbacks, including “Grindin’.”
We enjoyed ourselves, and from the looks of the recap, so did the thousands in attendance. Rain be damned. No down pour can extinguish that turn up.