by Black Bubblegum
Nas @ Rock The Bells 2008 in Jones Beach (more by villageslum.com)
OK, so it's not as much a big bang as last year (A Tribe Called Quest reunion) or the one before (Rage Against The Machine reunion), but Rock The Bells 2009 does have some interesting artists on the lineup. Besides a welcome reunion (Reflection Eternal) (Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek), one suspect one (House of Pain) and some great repeat offenders (Nas, RZA, Raekwon, MOP, Sage Francis, Slum Village), this year's Rock The Bells also boasts an Outkast (Big Boi), a windy city fave (Common), and a true sicko (Necro). The full lineup is:
Rock the Bells 2009 lineup
Nas & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley
House of Pain featuring La Coka Nostra
Eyedea & Abilities
Evidence & Alchemist
Hosted by KRS-One, Super Natural, MURS, & Pete Rock
Dates haven't been released, but the lucky cities are Chicago, Toronto, DC, LA, Boston, NYC, Denver, San Francisco, Miami, and Vancouver. No word as to what city gets which artist.
Nas & Damian Marley recently announced that they would collaborate on an album called Distant Relative. The duo collaborated on Marley's "Road To Zion", the follow-up single to the maaaaassssive reggae anthem and Grammy winner "Welcome To Jamrock". Distant Relatives is due in June. The pair are also playing Camp Bisco.
Damian Marley & Nas - "Road To Zion"