Every year, the New York City Parks Foundation offers a series of events throughout the five boroughs of New York City in an effort to encourage and revitalize New York City public parks and their surrounding neighborhoods. City Parks Foundation focuses on “some of the city’s most underserved areas” and brings entertainment and other activities free of charge to communities who otherwise don’t get much attention.

This year, they’ve got a great line up of 11 Hip Hop artists performing, mostly in their home boroughs, ranging from the Sugar Hill Gang, Soulsonic Force and Slick Rick to KRS-One, DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock [click to read] and Naughty by Nature [click to read].

To follow is a list of this summer’s Hip Hop performances, including dates, times and locations, sponsored by City Parks Foundation as listed on their website, CityParksFoundation.org.

Soulsonic Force

Crotona Park, Bronx — July 8 at 7pm

MC Lyte
Von King Park, Brooklyn — July 9 at 7pm

Sugar Hill Gang
Queensbridge Park
, Queens — July 14 at 7pm

Lovebug Starski
Queensbridge Park
, Queens — July 21 at 7pm

Crotona Park
, Bronx — July 22 at 7pm

Slick Rick
East River Park
, Manhattan — July 23 at 7pm

Wayne Wonder
Brower Park
, Brooklyn — July 29 at 7pm

Mahoney Playground
, Staten Island — August 12 at 7pm

Tribute to the Classics: Black Moon and Smif n Wessun with Live Band
Brower Park
, Brooklyn — August 12 at 7pm

DJ Premier  vs. Pete Rock hosted by Danny Castro of Lyricist Lounge
Red Hook Park
, Brooklyn — August 18 at 7pm

Naughty By Nature
Mahoney Playground
, Staten Island — August 19 at 7pm

Reported by Richard Smith.