13th Annual Bushwick Collective Block Party: A Vibrant Fusion of Art and Hip-Hop Headlined By Raekwon

On June 1, the streets of Bushwick, Brooklyn, came alive with the sights and sounds of the 13th Annual Bushwick Collective Block Party. Thousands of attendees gathered at the intersection of Troutman Street and St. Nicholas Avenue to celebrate this iconic free street art and hip-hop festival. This year’s event once again transformed the neighborhood into a vibrant canvas of artistic expression.


The Bushwick Collective: A Community Pillar

The Bushwick Collective, an outdoor art gallery and collective located has been a cornerstone of the neighborhood since its inception in 2012. Founded by Joe Ficalora, the Collective was born from a personal journey of loss and healing. After his mother’s death, Ficalora channeled his grief into transforming an industrial stretch of Brooklyn into an internationally renowned art destination. The Collective began with a single wall donated by a neighborhood resident and quickly expanded as other local building owners offered up their walls to street artists from around the globe.

Artistic Contributions from Around the World

This year’s Block Party featured the work of 57 artists who had been painting new murals in the area over the past week. The diverse lineup included notable names such as Huetek, Sipros, Sef, and Enzo. These artists brought their unique styles and perspectives, adding to the rich tapestry of urban art that defines the Bushwick Collective.

A Day of Music and Community

Hosted by Dstroy from Shade 45, the event was a musical extravaganza that drew hip-hop enthusiasts from all over. The highlight of the festival was Raekwon from Wu-Tang Clan, who delivered a 45-minute set featuring classic solo tracks and Wu-Tang favorites like “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F’ Wit,” “Ice Cream,” “Can It Be All So Simple,” and the timeless anthem “C.R.E.A.M.” The crowd was electrified, rapping along to every word and celebrating the enduring legacy of one of hip-hop’s most influential groups.

Before Raekwon took the stage, the renowned DJ and producer Statik Selektah energized the audience with a dynamic set. He was joined by a slew of guest performers, including Pitch Black, Rome Streetz, Termanology, and Nems, each bringing their unique flavor to the show. Earlier in the day, Fatman Scoop entertained the crowd with a DJ set of classic hip-hop hits, dancing and performing along to the beats. Tony Moxberg and Lil Dee also delivered memorable performances, adding to the day’s rich musical experience.

Fatman Scoop

Beyond Art and Music

The Bushwick Collective Block Party is more than just an art and music festival; it’s a celebration of community and culture. The event featured a variety of food trucks and local vendors, offering everything from delicious street food to unique handmade goods. This eclectic mix of art, music, food, and local craftsmanship highlights the vibrant spirit of Bushwick and the creativity that flows through its streets.

Looking Ahead

As the sun set on another successful Block Party, attendees left with a sense of fulfillment and excitement for what next year’s event will bring. The Bushwick Collective, under Joe Ficalora’s passionate leadership, continues to be a beacon of artistic expression and community engagement. Each year, the Block Party not only showcases the best in street art and hip-hop but also reinforces the enduring power of art to bring people together, inspire change, and celebrate diversity.

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