Hip Hop Hooray

The Roots. Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Live Earth Events

Prospect Park Bandshell ; 7/9 at 6 p.m.; Prospect Park West at 9th St., Park Slope
Make sure you have space, because hips can’t help but move when the Grammy winners bring contagious Latin hip-hop funk to Prospect Park (bonus fact: they’re named after the Nahuatl word for the Aztec astrological symbol of the monkey, also a god of dance). They share the stage for a free show with reggae stalwart Fidel Nadal, and D.J. Toy Selectah.

De La Soul
Brooklyn Bridge Plaza and Tobacco Warehouse; 7/10 at noon; 26 New Dock St, nr. Water St., Brooklyn Heights
It’s not too late to catch some of the Sixth Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, which started Monday. On Saturday—the last day—there’s something for everyone with Family Day, a block party with games, entertainment, and community leaders to educate the kids. For more adult fare, lyrical legends De La Soul headline a simultaneous performance; the lineup includes Smif-N-Wessun, Black Moon, and Masta Ace.

The Roots
Prospect Park Bandshell ; 7/11 at 3 p.m.; Prospect Park West at 9th St., Park Slope
Jimmy Fallon’s house band just released How I Got Over, their ninth studio album, and they headline the daylong “OkayAfrica World Cup 2010 Finals” party to celebrate the first time the tournament has taken place on African soil. Hosted by Talib Kweli and with guests including Sahr Ngaujah of Broadway musical Fela!, Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew, Blitz the Ambassador, and more, it should be a banging good time.

Ryan Leslie
Springfield Park Lake, Springfield Park; 7/14 at 7 p.m.; 145th Rd and Springfield Blvd, Queens, 212-360-2777
The Harvard-educated R&B crooner and rapper has not only written and produced songs for tastemakers including Diddy, Mary J. Blige, and Usher, he’s also put his heart into a couple of excellent solo albums, with the third Les is More, on the way. Here’s your chance to check him out live, for free.

Soapstone Gallery; 7/15 at 7 p.m.; 11 W. 36th St., nr. Fifth Ave., 5th fl; 718-593-9059
For your indoor dose of street art there’s the group show “Graffolution.” For an outdoor, more “authentic” experience, check out 5Pointz, “The Institute of Higher Burnin’” a space in Long Island City showcasing legal, high-quality aerosol art (all taggers have to be approved). Bonus: while you’re out there, swing by nearby PS1 for one of their dancetastic summer Warm Up parties.

Hip Hop Hooray