Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Turns Ten, Celebrates With New Book

posted by Alyssa Buffenstein on July 03, 2014

Brooklyn, New York -- The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival will celebrate its tenth anniversary this year, and to celebrate, founder Wes Jackson is releasing a book chronicling the festival's beginnings and first decade. The book's title is as straightforward as the name of the festival itself: "Ten Years Fresh: The Story of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival."

The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival was founded in 2005, and is a yearly celebration of hip-hop that aims to both preserve the culture surrounding the music, and to establish Brooklyn as a hip-hop destination. 

This year's festival takes place July 9-12 at 50 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg. While musical artists will perform, they are limited to the final day of the festival and include The Chef Raekwon, Jay Electronica, CJ Fly of Pro Era, Cyhi the Prynce, and more. The remaining days of the festival are filled with other cultural events, including a film festival.

Advanced copies of "Ten Years Fresh" will be on sale at the festival, beginning with the kick-off event - a conversation between Wes Jackson and Scott Stedman, founder of Northside Media Group, which will take place at the Brooklyn Historical Society and is a part of the "Told it First Hand" series, in which hip-hop's "do-ers" come together for conversation. Directly following the opening event, the Brooklyn Historical Society will host a live taping of The Combat Jack Show

The following day, Thursday, July 10, The Dummy Clap Film Festival will showcase up-and-coming and established filmmakers. While the lineup has not yet been announced, films will undoubtedly touch on ideas relevant to the hip-hop scene today. 

An invitation-only kickoff party will take place on Friday, July 11 to begin the musical festivities, while Saturday's "Family and Final Day" will comprise the entirety of musical performances of the weekend. In honor of the tenth anniversary, the festival is teasing an "all-star tribute to [their] first decade".

Tickets to the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival are on sale now. General admission is $30, with discounts available for seniors and veterans, and children under five free. A Golden Ticket option is available, which lets you skip the line at all events. VIP tickets are already sold out, but a 10 Years Fresh Bundle is still available, including free beer, a t-shirt, access to the expedited line, and a copy of "Ten Years Fresh" autographed by Wes Jackson. 

If you'd like an autographed copy of "Ten Years Fresh" but don't want the whole shebang of the $75 package, keep your eye out for Wes Jackson on Sunday, when he will make an appearance at the festival to sign copies of the book.

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