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July is going to be hotter than usual in Brooklyn. All month long, venues across the borough will be featuring some of hip-hop’s most exciting artists as part of the fourth annual “Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.”

Crown Heights native Buckshot has been announced for the July 12 main concert, and the rest of the festival’s roster — which will include live music by Mecca the Ladybug (pictured) of Digable Planets and more, parties and a film festival in DUMBO’s Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, at Fort Greene’s Brooklyn Masonic Temple and in Fort Greene Park — will be announced shortly.

“Now we’ve taken our lumps and gotten better at creating the whole experience. We’ve really tapped into an audience that loves what we do, and it’s like a family reunion of people who’ve been estranged from hip-hop,” said Wes Jackson, the festival’s executive director. “It’s about the event and the talent, of course, but it’s really about keeping hip-hop alive.”

The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival’s July 12 concert begins at noon in Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park (enter park at Main and Plymouth streets in DUMBO). Tickets are available now, starting at $10. For information, and to purchase tickets, call (718) 354-8777 or visit

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