Posted in hiphop | music | pictures | tour dates on May 25, 2011

photos by Graeme Flegenheimer

Cypress Hill @ House of Blues - Sunset Strip - 5/24/2011
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The line-up for the ROCK THE BELLS 2011 FESTIVAL SERIES--presented by Boost Mobile in association with GUERILLA UNION and powered by BlackBerry--will feature an array of seminal and up-and-coming hip-hop artists on three stages. Headliners include Ms. Lauryn Hill, Nas,Erykah Baduand Cypress Hill. See the current line-up below and look for more performers to be announced soon.

This year's festival will head to four major North American markets. Kicking off in the Los Angeles-area on August 20 at the San Manuel Amphitheater, ROCK THE BELLS will then head to San Francisco on August 27 at Shoreline Amphitheatre. The festival moves to the east coast for a show in New York on September 3 at Governor's Island (co-promoted with Bowery Presents, Highline, Mad Dog Presents) before wrapping in [a TBA venue in] Boston on September 10.

ROCK THE BELLS featured a number of headliners performing their most influential albums in their entirety for the first time in the history of hip-hop entertainment last summer. The tradition continues this year with Ms. Lauryn Hill performing her landmark, multi-platinum selling, multi-GRAMMY winning album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill and Nas performing his breakthrough debut album Illmatic with special guests AZ, Pete Rock and DJ Premier. Nas says about performing Illmatic this summer, "For years people have been asking me to do Illmatic in so many ways, from stage plays to movies to books, but the time wasn't right. Where music is going now, the time is right. This will be my biggest production and it only makes sense to do it on the best rap tour which also happens to be a brand I've built and am a partner in. Can't wait to kill it with my comrades AZ, Premo & Pete Rock!"

Full album sets can also be expected from: Cypress Hill performing their 1993 multi-platinum album Black Sunday, featuring modern rock radio mainstay "Insane In The Membrane"; Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star performing their 1998 self-titled debut album; Raekwon & Ghostface teaming up for critically acclaimed, platinum selling Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and more.

"I am excited that this year's Rock The Bells will continue its rich history and tradition by presenting the best and most ambitious festival programming in Hip Hop," says festival co-founder and Guerilla Union head Chang Weisberg. "The bar has been set high and this year's line-up will certainly stake its claim. With ten of the biggest records in the history of the genre and the freshest new talent bubbling from the underground, this summer's Rock The Bells is another dream come true."

ROCK THE BELLS will feature three main stages this year. The two returning stages are the ROCK THE BELLS STAGE and the PAID DUES STAGE, which will feature independent hip-hop acts that performed at the Paid Dues Festival this past April in San Bernardino and new artists-on-the-rise. Paid Dues Festival creator Murs says, "I am excited that I once again have the privilege of hosting the Paid Dues Stage. We will have the honor of showcasing some of the best talent in independent hip hop as part of the worlds largest and longest running hip hop festival... the Paid Dues stage is gonna be the one to watch this year."

The 36 CHAMBERS STAGE is a new addition to the festival and will primarily feature members of the Wu-Tang Clan as well as artists selected by stage curator and Wu-Tang Clan mainstay RZA. A fourth stage that will also be added to most markets is the GRINDTIME NOW STAGE, which will feature battle-style performances.
The Guerilla Union pre-sale for the ROCK THE BELLS 2011 FESTIVAL SERIES will go from June 3 at 10am PST - 10pm PST. The general on-sale starts on June 4.

The lineup was announced last night at a show at House of Blues in LA. Mobb Deep, Souls of Mischief and Cypress Hill all played and pictures to prove it are in this post. More of them below.

The full lineup is also below...

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Artists confirmed for the ROCK THE BELLS 2011 FESTIVAL SERIES include:
Ms. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill +
Nas - Illmatic +
Cypress Hill - Black Sunday +
Erykah Badu*
Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star +
Raekwon & Ghostface - Only Built for Cuban Linx +
Mobb Deep - The Infamous +
The GZA - Liquid Swords +
Immortal Technique
Slaughterhouse
Mac Miller*
Curren$y*
Souls of Mischief - 93 'til Infinity +
Black Moon
Childish Gambino
Blu & Exile
Fashawn
Random Axe*
Masta Killah - No Said Date +
Evidence*
Macklemore*
Freddie Gibbs
Roc Marciano

+ notes full-album sets
* notes performance on select dates only

Hosted by: The RZA + MURS 3:16 + Supernatural

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ROCK THE BELLS 2011 FESTIVAL SERIES Tour Dates
08.20 San Bernardino, CA - San Manuel Amphitheater
08.27 Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
09.03 New York, NY - Governor's Island
09.10 Boston, MA

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Comments (36)

fuck yesss

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 9:55 AM

THIS LOOKS AMAZING! My #1 problem with hip hop shows is that a typical set turns into a 35 minute medley with around 20 hype guys on stage. This whole, entire album idea for the headliners make this fest seem totally legit! SO many great albums being recognized! Cuban Linx, Black Star, Illmatic...Whaaaat??!?! Strongly considering making the hike this year!

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 9:58 AM

And Lauren Hill is guaranteed to go on time!

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 10:04 AM

Erykah in NYC please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 10:11 AM

where in the fuck is ratm...i still remember the scared faces of the hip-hoppers when bulls on parade went on...ahh nothing like some heavy fucking shit following the likes of the all star karaoke band knows as wu-tang...

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 10:12 AM

10:12 = clown

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 10:15 AM

cypress hill, not cypress hills.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 10:28 AM

Half awesome, half eh.

Never cared for Lauryn Hill regardless of her showing up late to gigs. Always thought she was too full of herself.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 10:36 AM

2 legit 2 quit

10:12 = clown

Posted by Stephen Whitfield | May 25, 2011 10:40 AM

keep wallet in front pocket.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 11:09 AM

holy crap these bros know how to book a fucking unmissable rap tour. every part is gold. what the hell kind of pull do these promoters have for these kind of gets?

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 11:18 AM

I was at last years, and it was one of the greatest shows I've ever been to. Sound was amazing, lines were never that long, even the ferry situation was running smoothly. This promises to be another great one.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 11:24 AM


Maybe Lauren can fuck this one up like she did last years.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 11:32 AM

"keep wallet in front pocket.:

Hahaha!

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 11:35 AM

^ I bet they put Lauren on last so she can't delay all the other sets. Will be nice to be able to leave before she goes on and avoid some of the crowds

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 11:37 AM

Too heavy on the Wu-Tang. They may be one of the all-time greats in a studio sense, but I don't know that any of them are suited to the "whole album" experience. "Liquid Swords" may be a top 5 rap album ever, but that didn't make his puzzling rendition of it at P-Fork a few years back any less underwhelming. That being said, good looks on Nas(!!!), Black Moon, Souls, Cypress Hill (doing one of the albums before they got terrible), and Freddie Gibbs. That should almost make up for the inevitable Lauryn debacle, and the laughable suggestion that "No Said Date" is a classic record.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 12:19 PM

^ Only really looking forward to Raekwon and GK.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 12:42 PM

Rae Rae gettin his Cubano on...solid fist up, holmes! Camping out for tix, don't wanna get slept on. Mad ups to Supernat, man shoulda been a king of the game. We know it!

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 12:53 PM

Anyone who seriously enjoys RATM after the age of 16 doesn't get laid enough.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 1:47 PM

@1:47 seriously, you stopped listening to RATM as soon as you started gobbling all that cock when you hit 17.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 2:04 PM

lol 147pm. and who the hell do you listen to?

i can listen to talking heads, nas, explosions in the sky, radiohead, and etc but i can't listen to ratm anymore?

get your head out of your ass.

ratm will shit over any hipster band you like like tune yards crap

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 2:05 PM

Yeah RATM is juvenile. I said it. Deal with it. YEAH F. THE MAN. JUMP AROUND AND DON"T ACTUALLY DO NYTHING. FREE MUMIA!@!!!! HES OUR FRIEND NOW.

And that's RATM.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 2:12 PM

"The only way you can avoid bosses and jobs is if you don't care about making a living. Which leads to the second freedom: the freedom to starve." -Morello

Get real douchers

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 2:14 PM

Insane in the membrane... hmmm
bring back good ol' memories
Keep up the good work guys!

Posted by Chill Mat | May 25, 2011 2:14 PM

Maybe if tickets aren't crazy expensive

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 2:39 PM

this is prolly the best festival in the US this year..

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 2:42 PM

@2:12 You spelled, "anything," NYTHING and spell in all caps. Just because you have the freedom to look like a complete asshole, doesn't mean you have to exercise that freedom. I hope Tyler the Creator RAPES YOUR MOTHER!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 3:49 PM

@3:49 Have fun being a stuffy twat.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 4:01 PM

Anyone notice that governors Island is not on the Rock the Bells Website anymore?

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 9:22 PM

^just noticed. I wonder where its gonna take place since ezoo is taking over randalls island

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2011 9:51 PM

Anyone who seriously enjoys RATM after the age of 16 doesn't get laid enough.

Posted by investing in the stock market | May 26, 2011 10:35 AM

Heard they were moving it to Williamsburg Waterfront as a free concert and Williamsburg and Greenpoint were going to get burned to the ground in the inevitable riots.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 3:25 PM

they are announcing Liberty State Park

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 4:20 PM

They are announcing that it will involve LCD Soundsystem and Hummus. Also, you can only get in if you're on of those cool people from Brooklyn with the awful tattoos and stupid mustaches.

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2011 8:32 PM

".. Damn
That's the fattest stoke I've ever seen
The weather's keen in Cali,
Gettin weed it makes it feel like Maui .. "

Whoa.. Tajaj.. Phesto.. cant wait to see you guys !

Posted by Boris | May 31, 2011 1:38 PM

anyone have the guerilla union presale password?

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2011 10:37 AM

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