Entries tagged with: Roc Marciano
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn hip hop vets Black Moon have been back in action lately (they played the Duck Down CMJ 2013 showcase), and they'll be joining fellow Brooklyn hip hop vets Smif-n-Wessun (who also played that showcase) for another show on April 16 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are on sale. Smif-N-Wessun are also on the upcoming Mobb Deep show.
The similarly named Black Milk is a bit newer than Black Moon, but stays true to that old school sound, and he'll be joining fellow throwback rappers Roc Marciano and Final Outlaw on April 17 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets are available.
The Studio at Webster Hall hosts another hip hop show on April 24 with Das Racist's Kool A.D. along with Rebelmatic, Prop Anon, Sarcasmo, Sunny Gang and host Ricky Powell. Tickets are on sale.
Juelz Santana (who has collaborated with Fredo, but doesn't appear to be related though Fredo is related to Chief Keef) plays a NYC show on May 18 at Stage 48 with Trial and Era & A.L.I., Status and Don Dada. You can get tickets to that one.
Pharoahe Monch is releasing a new album, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), on April 15 via W.A.R. Media/Duck Down, and he will celebrate with a release show the day it comes out at SOB's (4/15). Tickets for that show are on sale now. Stream "Bad MF" from the new album, below.
Smoke DZA just released a new album this week, titled Dream.Zone.Achieve (stream it on Rdio), and he also celebrates that with a release show at SOB's on May 7. Tickets are on sale. Listen to "Fhvt BVsturd" featuring Joey Bada$$ from the new album, below.
SOB's also hosts Bronx hip hop veteran KRS-One on April 20. Tickets for that one are on sale too.
Also at Highline Ballroom is '90s era Queens trio Salt N Pepa on June 6 (tickets).
Two upcoming shows that aren't exactly in NYC but nearby: Big Sean teams up with his R&B collaborator Jhene Aiko for a Long Island show on April 25 at Tilles Center Concert Hall in Greenvale (tickets), and Tech N9ne & Krizz Kaliko team up with Freddie Gibbs (who just released an album and toured with Madlib) for a NJ show on April 26 at Starland Ballroom (tickets).
Miguel and 2 Chainz also just announced a show, and multiple hip hop shows at new Brooklyn venue The Wick were announced.
Other previously announced upcoming hip hop shows in NYC include Jeremiah Jae TONIGHT (4/2), Grieves, Jurassic 5, Eminem & Rihanna, YG & DJ Mustard, Joey Bada$$, The Underachievers, Danny Brown, A-Trak & Cam'ron and more.
Pharoahe Monch and Smoke DZA streams below...
DIIV at Apollo last month (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Austin festival Chaos in Tejas further expands their lineup with the addition of some notable names across many different genres. Among those announced today: Wolf Eyes, Morbosidad, Antwon, Deep Time, DIIV, Roc Marciano, Meyhem Lauren, and many many more. Full listing of artists is below, and tickets are still available for the fest and individual shows.
Tickets for The Specials at shows at The Paramount in Huntington, NY and The Stone Pony in Asbury Park go on venue (Paramount) and Live Nation (Stone Pony) presale today at 10 AM. Tickets for their Pier 26 show are on sale now.
He's My Brother, She's My Sister, Jeffrey Lewis & the Rain, and Beach Day are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 4. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Field Report were added as an opener to Stornoway's previously discussed Music Hall of Williamsburg (5/6) show. No opener announced yet for Stornoway's Maxwell's (5/3) show. Tickets for Maxwell's and MHOW are still available.
Haleek Maul is playing Glasslands on August 22. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Groundislava is playing Glasslands on May 30 with Fur. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Listen to Groundislava's remix of Miguel's "Adorn" below.
by Andrew Sacher
Last year, Brooklyn rapper Billy Woods released History Will Absolve Me, his first album since the breakup of his former duo, Super Chron Flight Brothers. It's a solid album rooted in the Def Jux-style dark production and abstract rhyming that made a pretty great comeback last year. Check out one of its tracks, the jazzy "Body of Work," which features Masai Bey and Roc Marciano, below, and stream the entire album on Spotify.
Billy is playing a hometown show TONIGHT (4/1) at Public Assembly for the Uncommon Records-presented "No Fools Day." The show also features Mega Ran, Cavalier, Cult Favorite, Uncommon Nasa, and Pruven. Tickets for tonight's show are available.
Song stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
Two hip hop producers, House Shoes and Dabrye, are teaming up for some shows together this month. They've got two shows in California this week, and then they'll come to NYC for a Bandshell-presented show on February 28 at Le Poisson Rouge with Lamin Fofana. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now. At the moment, those are the only three shows announced for the two producers, and you can see them all in list format below.
House Shoes has been a mainstay as a producer in the Detroit hip hop scene for years, but it wasn't until 2012 that he released his "official" debut album, Let It Go, which features guest spots from Danny Brown, Roc Marciano, The Alchemist, Oh No, Guilty Simpson, Black Milk, Chali 2na and more. Like collaborator The Alchemist's 2012 album, Russian Roulette, Let It Go is a great showcase of the current indie rap scene, but it also works as its own cohesive album of retro-futuristic boom bap. You can stream the entire album and watch the video for the song with Danny Brown, "Sweet," below.
Dabrye hasn't released anything too recently, but like House Shoes, his albums feature a variety of great indie rappers (his 2006 release, Two/Three featured DOOM, Vast Aire, Beans, Guilty Simpson, and others), and his material has been taken on by some pretty great remixers like Kode9 and Flying Lotus. A stream of the instrumental version of his Two/Three LP is below.
All streams and a list of all dates below...
Smif-N-Wessun at MHOW in 2012 (more)
Slick Rick is playing Brooklyn Bowl on January 11 with F. Stokes. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Big Daddy Kane is playing with a live band at BB King's on January 24. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
M.O.P., Smif-N-Wessun, and Ka are playing Highline Ballroom on February 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A stacked Lo-End Theory show with Sean Price, Roc Marciano, Buckshot, Meyhem Lauren, and more is going down at Highline Ballroom on January 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Freddie Gibbs is playing Santos Party House on January 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Trinidad James and Vinny Cha$e are playing SOB's on January 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Yo La Tengo @ Celebrate Brooklyn, August 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Big Boi @ Austin Fader party on 8/7/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Owen @ Union Hall
* Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
* Justin Peake @ The Stone
* 2 Chainz @ Roseland Ballroom
* Os Mutantes @ Le Poisson Rouge
* 4th AnnualLennon Party @ Glasslands
* Reggie Watts @ Etsy Holiday Shop
* Alsarah & The Nubatones @ Barbes
* Royal Trux, Pigeons @ Saint Vitus
* Big Boi @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Porcelain Raft @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
* Jonny Santos DJ set @ Etsy Holiday Shop
* Savoir Adore, Willy Moon @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Russell Crowe and Alan Doyle @ Joe's Pub
* Hiro Kone, Drew McDowall, Nymph @ Zebulon
* Marlowe Grey, King Holiday @ Mercury Lounge
* Acid Problem, Half Day, Very Rare @ Big Snow
* State Radio, Black Pistol Fire @ Webster Hall
* Golem, Smoota, Schlep Sisterrs @ Cameo Art Gallery
* Luke Rathborne, Mainland, Lazyeyes, Gracie @ Pianos
* Slow Hands, Brooklyn Bass, Nooka Jones @ Public Assembly
* Mother Feather, Kendra Morris, Wifey @ The Bowery Electric
* Hank & Cupcakes, Charlene Kaye, The Kickback @ Mercury Lounge
* New Found Glory, The Story So Far, Candy Hearts @ Irving Plaza
* St. Lucia, GOLD FIELDS, Ghost Beach @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gary War, Purple Pilgrims, PC Worship, Alan Watts @ Death By Audio
* The Rolling Stones, Mary J. Blige, Gary Clark Jr. @ Barclays Center
* DRI, Mucky Pup, No Redeeming Social Value, Undivided, Blackout @ The Studio
* Wild International, Dinowalrus, Life Size Maps, Spires @ Shea Stadium
* Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Higgins Waterproof Blackmagic Band, DJ Creep @ Union Pool
* Eric Copeland (of Black Dice), YXIMALLOO, Highlife, Ian Drennan @ 285 Kent
* Subsonics, The Upper Crust, The Recordettes, The Lost Crusaders @ Cake Shop
* Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears @ Terminal 5
* Delicate Steve, The Stone Foxes, Grandfather Child, White Violet @ Gramercy Theatre
* Tinsel Teeth, Big Ups, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, Advaeta, Yeah Well Whatever @ 255 McKibbin
* Cyndi Lauper Holiday Show w/ Sarah McLachlan, Adam Lambert, St. Vincent, Roberta Flack, Alexis Krauss, Hunter Valentine @ Beacon Theatre
Tons of big deal shows tonight: the Stones at Barclays, Big Boi at the Studio @ Webster Hall, Yeah Yeah Yeahs's Sandy benefit at Union Pool, and "Royal Trux" (minus Jennifer Heremma) playing Twin Infinitives at Saint Vitus, and more.
Happy first night of Hanukkah! That means it's also the first night of Yo La Tengo's annual Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's. Who will be the secret opener tonight?
John Lennon died 32 years ago today. Tonight, Glasslands holds it's annual Lennon Party and this year's features members of Acrylics, Caged Animals, Erika Spring, Ex Cops, Har Mar Superstar, Psychic,, & Rewards, SoftSpot, Sugars, TEEN, White Gallery, Yellow Ostrich and more performing his songs. All proceeds go toward Hurricane Sandy relief. Tickets are still available.
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As mentioned above, Big Boi plays the tiny Studio @ Webster Hall tonight. Last night he was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon performing "Mama Told Me" with Little Dragon and you can watch that below.
Roc Marciano just released a video for "Deeper" and you can check that out below.
by Andrew Sacher
SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.
The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.
Roc Marciano's Marcberg was an ode DIY hip hop of yesteryear; dusty, hand-triggered drum samples and the hard-as-nails rhymes tipped their hat to Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang and the godfather of NYC gangsterism himself, Kool G Rap. Now the NYC producer/MC is readying his follow-up, the new LP Reloaded due this week (11/13) via Decon. Stream all of the new LP, which features production by Alchemist, Q-Tip and Marcberg himself, below (via SPIN).
by Andrew Sacher
Main Attrakionz at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Earlier this month, we mentioned that iPhone/Android app Mobli was throwing a CMJ party with Heems, Sasha Go Hard, Kitty Pryde, Weekend Money, SAFE, The Underachievers, and Party Supplies. That party was supposed to happen today at Delinquency but that venue has since been shut down so the whole lineup (minus The Underachievers and Party Supplies) is merging with the Young One Records showcase, which happens tonight (10/17) at 285 Kent. That showcase, in addition to including the names mentioned above, will have Main Attrakionz, Kool AD, Deniro Farrar, Supreme Cuts, Cities Aviv, Bryant Dope, Ryan Hemsworth, and CBG. SAFE and Ryan Hemsworth are DJing between sets, the rest of the acts are playing live. The show flier and set times are below.
That 285 Kent show is a pretty stacked bill for hip hop, and if you're into stacked hip hop shows like that one, you'll also probably want to check out the Mass Appeal party at Gramercy on Friday (10/19) with Asher Roth, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep), The Alchemist, Large Professor, Mr. Muthafuckin' exquire, Roc Marciano, Boldy James, Ninja Sonik, Bodega Bamz, Alexander Spit, Angel Haze and Timeless Youth. That one's free with RSVP to RSVP@massappeal.com but entry is based on capacity. The flier for this show is below.
As mentioned, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire also plays SOB's on Thursday (10/18) and an MTV Studio at Webster Hall the same day. That studio show is with Big K.R.I.T. and LE1F, and when we first mentioned it, a "special guest" was billed who has since been revealed as Killer Mike. Tickets for that one are still available.
That MTV show is an early show (5:30 doors) and after that there's a late show with Chuck Inglish (of The Cool Kids), Ninjasonik, ASAP TyY, Blvckalfred, Vault Boys, MopTop, Chase N Cashe, GDP, Vyle, and Curtains. Tickets for that one are still available.
Cities Aviv, in addition to the Young One show, has other CMJ shows, including the Flowerbooking CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory on Friday (10/19) with Unicorn Kid, Ki:Theory, Devin, Ghost Wave, and Talk Normal (tickets) and the Bond Music Group/PopGun show at Cameo Gallery on Friday (10/19) (late show) with Steven A. Clark, Lushlife, Dark Sister, and Pegasus Warning (tickets).
He also plays the free BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20) with The Orwells, Eternal Summers, and the rest of the lineup coming soon!
While we're talking about good hip hop shows during CMJ, don't forget the Converse Rubber Tracks/Fool's Gold 5th anniversary show at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg on Saturday (10/20) with Ghostface Killah, A-Trak, Flosstradamus, Donnis, Nick Catchdubs, World's Fair, Troy Ave, and special guests. That one's totally free, first come, first served.
Showcase flier and set times for the Young One/Mobli show are below.
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire is set to release the Power & Passion EP on November 6 via his new home at Universal Republic Records. That EP includes lead single, "Telephuck," which features El-P (who eXquire recently toured with) on the beat and Gucci Mane with a guest verse. You can stream that track below. The EP also features production by SpaceGhostPurrp, Harry Fraud, and others.
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire will be playing some local shows during CMJ including the previously discussed Leaders of the New Cool CMJ party at SOB's on October 18 with Casey Veggies and others (tickets). That same day (10/18), he'll play an MTV-presented show at The Studio at Webster Hall with Big K.R.I.T., LE1F, and special guests. And on October 20, he'll play the Tumblr CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory with Doldrums, Troy Ave, Prince Rama, and The So So Glos. Tickets for the Studio show and the Knitting Factory show are on sale now.
eXquire also plays a free Mass Appeal party at Gramercy Theater on October 19 with The Alchemist, Prodigy, Roc Marciano, Ninjasonik, Bodega Bamz, Angel Haze, and more. You can get in with your CMJ badge or if you don't have one, just RSVP to email@example.com. The flier for this show is below.
As mentioned, Big K.R.I.T. also plays the Cinematic Music Group, Ecko Unltd & XXL Mag showcase at SOB's (10/18), the night of the Studio show, with Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Smoke DZA, Fat Trel, and others. K.R.I.T. also produced and is featured on the new Big SANT song, "Say That Shit," which you can stream below.
All lists of dates and song streams are below.
"Its good to see NYC come out every time i perform. That shit is dope." - Action Bronson
Action Bronson and a bag of weed at MHOW in August (more by Ryan Muir)
Remember how we just said that Action Bronson continues to give NYC many chances to see him? Well he's keeping that up. After just playing a show with RL Grime last Friday (9/28), Bronson announced that he'll play a free Scion A/V-presented show in the front room of Public Assembly on October 10 with Jonwayne, Party Supplies, and DJ Getlive. The show is free but RSVP is strictly required. The flier for this show is below. Not very surprisingly, it's also been announced that his Highline Ballroom show (10/30) with Cypress Hill is part of a larger tour the two acts will go on together this fall. All dates are listed below.
Action Bronson associate Meyhem Lauren (who he shared a bill with at MHOW in August) has an upcoming Public Assembly show (10/25) too. His is with Lakutis, Big Baby Ghandi, Spit Gemz, Timeless Truth, Gee Dubs, Eff Yoo, and DJ Uneek. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Tanya Morgan, who was also on that MHOW show, have a show at Public Assembly (10/23) too, two days before the Meyhem Lauren show. That one's a co-headlining show with rapper/producer Oddisee, who Tanya Morgan has played with before, and who released the album, People Hear What They See over the summer (stream it at SPIN). Support on that show comes from The Doppelgangaz, Mr. Mag, and Gotham Green, along with a DJ set by DJ Tara and it's being hosted by Dee Phunk. Tickets are on sale now. It takes place just after CMJ, which Oddisee is scheduled to play, though no shows have been announced yet as of this post. All Oddisee dates are listed below.
That famed MHOW show was rounded out by Flatbush Zombies, who were joined by A$AP Rocky and in turn joined him at his Roseland Ballroom show last week (9/27). Flatbush Zombies don't have a Public Assembly show coming up, but they do have a Noisey: Acid Alumni CMJ show happening at Santos Party House on October 17 with Children of the Night, Haleek Maul, Bodega Bamz (who also joined Rocky at that Roseland show), and The Underachievers (who will be taking part in Flying Lotus' NYC takeover). That show is free with RSVP. The flier is below.
Roc Marciano - Reloaded
In more related news, Action Bronson/Meyhem Lauren associate Roc Marciano will release his new album, Reloaded, on November 13 via Decon. The album was mostly self-produced, but also includes a few tracks produced by The Alchemist (whose album featured Roc, plus Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren, and many others), plus tracks produced by Q-Tip, Ray West, The Arch Druids, and guest spots from Ka and Knowledge Pirate. That's the cover art above (via HipHopDX), and you can check out tracklist and stream the tracks "76" and "I Shot The King" (from the deluxe edition) below. He's also in the process of shooting a video for "76."
All lists of dates, song streams and more are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Though the most talked about hip hop release of this week is probably Nas' Life Is Good, don't let that overshadow The Alchemist's hip hop song cycle Russian Roulette. The album is thirty tracks long, all of which are under three minutes, and it's scattered with impressive guest spots from Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q, Action Bronson, Guilty Simpson, Fashawn, Meyhem Lauren, Evidence, Roc Marciano, and so many more.
The tracks play into each other like the similarly assembled Beach Boys' Smile, their collaborator Van Dyke Park's Song Cycle, or side B of Abbey Road. Not saying that Russian Roulette is the Beach Boys/Beatles of rap albums, but the idea that its DNA is equally rooted in the odyssey of late '60s psychedelia as it is in golden age boom bap stands. While many guest-filled, producer-penned albums can play like inconsistent mixtapes, this one's more focused than some releases by a single rapper.
Check it out for yourself by streaming Russian Roulette in its entirety over at SPIN. A few of its tracks are also streaming below...
Action Bronson at Bambooalze 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Action Bronson is playing a few shows this month, including a few in Toronto for NXNE, which is now underway. After that, he'll return to NYC to play a free show in Red Hook Park on June 19. As mentioned, that show also includes Das Racist, and does not include AraabMUZIK, who was originally scheduled but dropped off. The rest of the bill features Trouble Andrew and Brenmar, who also plays the official Governors Ball afterparty at Brooklyn Bowl on June 23 with Cubic Zirconia, XXXChange, Questlove, and Nobody Beats the Drum. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Action Bronson recently made a video for "Steve Wynn" off Blue Chips, his album with Party Supplies (who played Public Assembly last week). You can watch that video below.
He also appears on fellow Queens rapper Meyhem Lauren's upcoming album, Respect the Fly Shit. He's on the recently revealed track, "Peruvian Desserts," which also features Roc Marciano, and on the track "Special Effects," both of which you can download above.
Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren, and Roc Marciano are all also among the many guests on The Alchemist's upcoming album, Russian Roulette, which is due out July 17 via Decon. Other guests include Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q, Guilty Simpson, Evidence, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and more. Check out the song "Flight Confirmation," which features Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q below, along with the album artwork and tracklist.
A list of all dates, stream and video are below.
Havoc of Mobb Deep @ the kick-off in LA (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
In addition to initially announced Rock The Bells lineup (Nas playing Illmatic? Mobb Deep on The Infamous detail? wow), the festival has made some interesting additions like Erykah Badu performing all of Baduism (on select dates), Common performing all of Be (on select dates), Killah Priest performing all of Heavy Mental, Slaughterhouse, and DOOM. More lineup details are below.
The NYC show on 9/3 at Governor's Island gets the Erykah Badu appearance, and tickets are on presale, password is "ILLMATIC". General sale begins Saturday, 6/11, at 10:00 AM.
In other Hip Hop festival news, Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest's lineup has expanded too adding MOP (!), Torae, Random Axe (Sean Price + Black Milk + Guilty Simpson), eLZhi, Marley Marl, Roli Rho (5th Platoon), Grand Wizzard Theodore and Twilite Tone. Tickets are on sale for all Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival events, including an after-party at Southpaw on July 16th which proclaims to have "special guests invited including the entire BHF '11 lineup".
Full Rock The Bells details, alongside some videos, below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
Cypress Hill @ House of Blues - Sunset Strip - 5/24/2011
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.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.
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 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...
Black Milk celebrated Album of The Year (stream it) with a headlining show at a packed out Southpaw on Tuesday (9/14). In addition to a Besides a bouncy and big-bang performance from Black Milk (one of the few hip hoppers that understands the art of the live show), there was a killer lineup of supporting characters that included the pure hilarity/unstoppable rhymes of Sean Price, a super energetic Elzhi, Guilty Simpson, and a surprise appearance from Roc Marciano (his first since the release of his incredible LP Marcberg on Fat Beats in April).
More pictures from the show below...