By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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!”
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.