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What kind of oldies concert draws a huge audience in its 20s? Rock the Bells, the daylong hip-hop festival that came to Governors Island on Saturday. This year's Rock the Bells borrowed an idea from the indie-rock festival All Tomorrow's Parties, booking groups to perform watershed albums in their entirety.

Two headliners, Snoop Dogg and Wu-Tang Clan, largely complied with the assignment. Snoop Dogg brought along most of the guests from his 1993 album, "Doggystyle," made back when he was Snoop Doggy Dogg. The others - A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, Rakim and Slick Rick - went "veering off," as Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest put it, to play additional hits (which no one minded) or to plug more recent projects.

And then there was the wild card: Lauryn Hill, the singer and rapper formerly of the Fugees, appearing half an hour late. She hasn't released a studio album since "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" in 1998, and she has recorded and toured only sporadically since then while raising five children. "I miss you," she told the crowd repeatedly. Partway through the set she pulled guests out of the V.I.P. section and onstage: Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, John Legend. They missed her too.
-[New York Times]

A second set from the NYC edition of Rock The Bells (first is HERE), continue below...

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DJ Premier

DJ Premier

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Yelawolf

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Slick Rick

Slick Rick

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Slick Rick

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Slick Rick

Slick Rick

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Big Sean

Big Sean

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Big Sean

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Big Sean

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Rakim

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Brother Ali

Brother Ali

Brother Ali

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Brother Ali

Brother Ali

Brother Ali

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Street Sweeper Social Club

Street Sweeper Social Club

Street Sweeper Social Club

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Street Sweeper Social Club

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Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

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A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

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A Tribe Called Quest

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A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

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Wu-Tang Clan

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Pictures continue HERE.

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Comments (18)

Definitely one of the best shows of the year

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 12:49 AM

this show was...i can't even explain it. probably the most fun i've had in a long ass time. great music, great weed, great time. cons: the sun which was set on "slavery" mode and the million dollar food/drinks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 1:27 AM

someone told me lauryn hill was terrible and that someone farted in the pit during her set... can someone who went confirm this?

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 8:07 AM

Snore.....zzzz....zzzz. Snore......zzzzz.....

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 8:58 AM

@ 8:07 - I can only confirm that you thrive off being an anonymous loser who probably would've got your ass beat if you went to the show. F off little boy!

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 8:59 AM

yep 8:07am is probably the dumb hipster who goes to pool parties and try to fit into to that patheitc hipster crowd.

go see a real show and you would know that rock the bells was better than anything that you've went to this summer.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 9:28 AM

I bet Tribe and Wu Tang killed it.

Posted by guuuurrrrllll | August 31, 2010 11:36 AM

I don't think it was a fart, just unwashed dreads.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 12:46 PM

Def better than anything I've ever "went to"...

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 1:54 PM

8:59 and 9:28 are white boys who think they're hard.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 3:58 PM

9:11 was an inside job by white boys who think they're hard.

Posted by CocoChavez | September 1, 2010 3:42 AM

lauryn hill looks a lot better at least (no more boy george)

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2010 1:00 PM

BEST FUCKING SHOW OF MY LIFE
most fun i've had in dumb long, its made me start appreciating shit
wu-tang has forever changed my life and i felt ontop of the world when i got to hold up my w and chat wu-tangg while rollin' balls off e

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2010 3:01 PM

Eat Pray Love + Julia Roberts = 9.28

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2010 1:37 PM

great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great show

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2010 9:07 PM

WHERE MY KILLA TAPE AT?!??!

Posted by geng-grizzly | September 3, 2010 3:08 AM

Pity they didn't bring Rock the Bells back to Vancouver. Looks like Governors island was wild! Great pics!

Posted by Bangs | September 4, 2010 6:10 AM

whiteys gunna white

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2010 12:29 AM

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