Posted in hiphop | music | pictures on August 4, 2008

by Black Bubblegum

Q-Tip with A Tribe Called Quest at Rock The Bells, 8/3/08 (villageslum.com)
Rock the Bells @ Jones Beack

King Khan pretty much ruled, but maybe, the award for show of the day could go to Rock The Bells at Jones Beach...

"Mos Def was joined by Talib Kweli for a series of Black Star songs including "Definition," "Respiration" and "Brown Skin Lady."......with Pharoahe Monch joining former label-mates on stage for a boisterous performance of "Simon Says."

....Slick Rick joined his Def Jam proteges [ED: Method Man & Redman] briefly for a partial performance of "La Di Da Di,"....... After Raekwon, who performed earlier with Ghostface returned to the stage, EPMD followed, performing "Strictly Business" and "So What Cha Saying." Washington DC's DJ Kool entered the set, performing "Let Me Clear My Throat,"...... Upon the set closing, Keith Murray completed the Def Squad triad with a performance, without Sermon at the time, of "Rapper's Delight."

.....the largest crowd reaction came from Nas speaking to the crowd about how he needs to "breathe." Repeating the word, DJ Green Lantern played the instrumental to "Success," prompting a Yankee-cap tucked low Jay-Z to rush on the stage.... and perform his first verse..... the two then performed "Black Republicans."

.... A Tribe Called Quest headlined the night joined by luminaries such as Busta Rhymes on "Scenario" as well as Consequence.

Other guests.... included DJ Premier, M.O.P., Jeru Da Damaja, Biz Markie, Skyzoo, Mickey Factz and others. "
[HipHopDX.com]

Zaaaaam. Luckily, we have some photos (courtesy of Village Slum) and a video of that "Black Republicans" performance down below.....

Method Man with Afrika Bambaataa
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The Pharcyde
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Nas
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Nas & Jay-Z
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Jay-Z
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Mos Def
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Posdnous of De La Soul
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Biz Markie with Trugoy & Maseo of De La Soul
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EPMD & Redman
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Raekwon & Ghostface
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Q-Tip & Phife of ATCQ
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Phife Dawg
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Mos Def & Q-Tip
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Nas & Jay-Z - "Black Republicans"

Miss Info was there, and she also dropped a few backstage pics with Just Blaze (his blog here), The Cool Kids, Wale, and others.

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Comments (23)

rap sucks

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 2:41 PM

Nice first. Racist.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 2:44 PM

the only hip hop im into is pretty much everyone in this lineup. probably the best hip hop show ever.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 2:47 PM

rock the bells last year was totally shitty. this sounds one hundred times better.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 3:02 PM

I almost wish I'd gone, then I remembered that the venue sucks, and I don't feel so bad.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 3:07 PM

cant spell crap without rap

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 3:09 PM

What? No love for Luke & 2Live?

Posted by Honest Abe | August 4, 2008 3:23 PM

Last year was so awful so i skipped this year, looks like the joke was on me

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 3:42 PM

Nothing like a hip-hop concert where the audience is 70% white middle class. The line-up was amazing, but if it was anything like last year (or this year in Baltimore)there were more black people on stage than in the crowd.

Not good, bad or indifferent, just an observation.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 3:45 PM

rap does not suck, this show was obviously amazing despite the venue, and you people are all on crack. but then again, this blog isn't really geared toward hip-hop.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 3:55 PM

sounds like a pretty awesome event.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 3:59 PM

Blackstar! Unbelievable.

Posted by B | August 4, 2008 4:05 PM

I know, everything out of their mouths you really must take with a grain of salt.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 4:13 PM

what happened to the green on q-tip's shoulder? why you photoshop lying to us brooklynvegan?!? you can't get all "i don't eat meat" righteous and then take out the green alien speck from qtip like it ain't no thing. put it back!

Posted by green4life | August 4, 2008 5:16 PM

Nice pics. Thanks for the links.

Zaaaaam. Luckily, we have some photos (courtesy of highsnobiety.com)

Not true.

Those come from me.
I have a blog on highsnob.

Posted by Mel D Cole | August 4, 2008 5:42 PM

Actually, the turnout was half and half this year. The combo of wu-tang and Rage was what made the BROS come out in abundance last year.

Posted by niggaplease | August 4, 2008 5:46 PM

Not noted in the initial posting above - Dres from Black Sheep performed "The Choice is Yours" with De La Soul. That was fantastic.

I felt bad/frustrated for those slated for the 2nd stage - when the show started in the amphitheater around 3pm, everyone left the 2nd stage for their seats. The 2nd stage had some great acts - DJ Blaqstarr, Wale, Spankrock with Santogold and MURS (who was amazing). And why Afrika Bambaataa was put on the 2nd stage, I will never understand. He should have been on the main stage.

Truly great show.

Posted by Jen Shaw | August 4, 2008 11:35 PM

Anon 5:16 is right. This site is more photoshoped than a Maxim cover. I demand the green on Q's shoulder return. Green Alien Speck on Q-Tip Was A CONSPIRACY. Don't hide the truth, bv. Don't give in to the man.

Posted by If You Want Respect, Return The Speck | August 5, 2008 12:33 AM

niggaplease-- and Cypress Hill. they loved them.

even tho this concert sounds tremendous, i have seen all these acts multiple times in the last 3-4 years, so i'm cool (with the exception of the Pharcyde). i HATE jones beach with a passion so i never would've gone.

Posted by jk | August 5, 2008 11:27 AM

Pharcyde aint nuttin' to fuk wit.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2008 11:54 AM

The dry, sober crowd rubbed off on the performers and they almost seemed disrespected by the reaction they were getting. I felt bad that Boston by far showed up NY in a big way. When Tribe came on, Boston went crazy, NY not as much.

Posted by panda781 | August 6, 2008 8:54 PM

those of you that say rap sucks are stuck in a rut.you better rethink with your new pres.. ha,ha and those of you who think rock the bells 07 randalls island sucked.....put down the crack pipe!with a line up rage,wu tang,public enemy,epmd,roots,jedi,and cypress hill hellloooo.....

Posted by gator | November 4, 2008 8:03 PM

those of you that say rap sucks are stuck in a rut.you better rethink with your new pres.. ha,ha and those of you who think rock the bells 07 randalls island sucked.....put down the crack pipe!with a line up rage,wu tang,public enemy,epmd,roots,jedi,and cypress hill hellloooo.....jones beach rules,,,,,boston sucks

Posted by gator | November 4, 2008 8:05 PM

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