The 12th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is going down from July 13 to July 16 this year in (of course) Brooklyn, NY, and a couple of legendary New York rappers will be highlighting the festivities.

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None other than Nasir Jones, better known as Nasty Nas, will be headlining this year’s final day, just days after celebrating the 20th anniversary of his 1996 album It Was Written, which, coupled with Illmatic, made for arguably the best debut-sophomore rap combo in the genre’s history. Two decades later, Nas is still one of the most in-demand rappers alive, and the entire rap world has been calling desperately for news about his forthcoming album, his yet-to-be-titled 11th solo LP, for which he’s reportedly locked in with Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z and others. He last released an album in 2012, the chart-topping Life Is Good.

Joining Nas will be Fabolous, who has made it his business to be one of the most consistent and prolific emcees in the game over his career, which also spans two decades. Fab has a Billboard 200 #1 album to his name, an almost mythical mixtape repertoire, and will have no shortage of hits to perform when he takes the BHFF stage this summer.


Additional performers are a few people that need no introduction, like lyrical maestros Talib Kweli, Rapsody, Torae and more. Hosted by Uncle Ralph McDaniels as per usual.

For more information, including tickets, head over to the BHFF’s internet home.