Brooklyn feels the love as Hip-Hop Festival draws to a close

July 18, 2012 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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The gritty beat of hip-hop reverberated across the Brooklyn Heights Promenade on Saturday as the Eighth Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival turned Pier 3 of Brooklyn Bridge Park into a Leaders of the New School reunion. Headliner Busta Rhymes performed with friends in a crowd-pleasing, old-school walk down memory lane.

“We come every single year, and we’ve never been disappointed,” said Benjamin Para, who traveled to Brooklyn from New Jersey. “Every year there’s a great lineup.”

“There’s always a good vibe, all love here,” added his wife Cara Para.

Borough President Marty Markowitz proclaimed to the crowd, “The Bronx may have discovered Hip-Hop, but Brooklyn made it famous!”DJ Rawbeatz (left) and Kosha Dillz. Photo by Lisa Frost.

Performers included Busta Rhymes, Lil Fame, Slick Rick, Reek Da Villain, Buckshot, Smif-N-Wessun, DJ Rawbeatz and Kosha Dillz. A tent with video dance games was set up for kids and the Brooklyn Nets’ “Experience” RV, complete with basketball court and electronic scoreboard added to the scene.

A tent with video dance games was set up for kids. Photo by Mary Frost.

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