Nas, The Roots, Common & KRS-One Sign Up For Rock The Bells ’09

The lineup for the 2009 Rock the Bells tour was announced today (April 8), featuring old-school legends, independent superstars and artists on the come-up.

Headlining the concert series is Queensbridge’s finest Nas along with Jamaican sensation Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. The duo are currently working on their collaboration album. Joining them on the bill is Philadelphia ensemble The Roots, Chi-Town vet Common, OutKast rapper Big Boi, seminal Bronx MC KRS-One, a reunited House of Pain featuring super-group La Coka Nostra, DJ Hi Tek and Talib Kweli’s Reflection Eternal, Wu-Tang mainstays RZA and Raekwon, internet supergroup Slaughterhouse and Brooklyn reps M.O.P.

Indie favorites Buckshot, Slum Village, Necro, Eyedea & Abilities, Sage Francis, Tech N9ne, The Alchemist and Evidence and Charlie 2Na have also been added. While up-and-coming rappers K’Naan, Mickey Factz, Tabi Bonney will also be hitting the stage.

Murs, KRS, Supernatural and Pete Rock will host the show with more surprise acts to be named at a later date.

Set to hit cities across the U.S. and Canada, dates and venues are yet to be announced. – Elan Mancini

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  • A

    This is going to be the best show of the year!

    • joe p

      probably one of the best shows of the year … i went to the wu years eve concert and that was pretty fuckin awesome …

  • Jamal7Mile

    It would be nice if they stopped by in Detroit. I haven’t been able to see Slum Village in a minute. This is a cool lineup.


    Hope they come to Dade, but with all the Weezy heads down here, they probably wont sell unless they get him on board. Hope to God that wont be the case.

    This will be a good show though. Excellent line up.

  • El Tico Loco

    Hopefully they’ll come the A


  • EmCDL

    Oh gotdamn thats a tight line up! I know its gonna be poppin over here in CA with Murs and his crew hosting the show; I missed it last year because I had to work but this year I’m making it to that mug! LOL

  • Anti-Mainstream

    Rock the Bells IS the best Hip Hop concert and is the alternative to all these wackass concerts that radio and television tells us to go to…This concert is REAL Hip Hop not no BET Spring bling bullshit!

  • swisha

    It’s times like these that it sucks to live in europe..

  • re-yo

    M.O.P. Muthafuckas!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 92FS

    Fuck, now that should be a damn show! Swisha I know how you feel! Europe do be gettin’ some good shows though. But that lineup is nasty!

  • balaramesh

    anywhere close to florida and i am THERE!!!


    The hip-hop concert of the year.Please come to milwaukee,wi.Does anybody know if there is a website for the tour






  • Real Hip h0P

    dang cant beliave krs is rockin the bells wit tech and nas PLEASE COME BAK 2 UTAH ‘THR REAL HIP HOP IS [OVA HERE]‘

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