The official line-up to the seventh annual Rock the Bells tour was announced yesterday (May 24) at the Key Club in West Hollywood and for the first time ever, the festival will include several hip-hop legends performing their classic albums in full.
Among the acts to bring to seminal debut albums to life are hip-hop pioneers Wu-Tang Clan (1993’s Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chanbers), Rakim (1987’s Paid in Full), KRS-One (1987’s Criminal Minded) and Slick Rick (1988’s The Great Adventures of Slick Rick).
Also on the bill are Clipse, Murs and 9th Wonder, Immortal Technique, Brother Ali, Jedi Mind Tricks, DJ Muggs and Ill Bill, Street Sweeper Social Club, Yelawolf and XXL Freshmen Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean.
Urb.com reported that Lauryn Hill will be a part of the tour, but it is unknown if she will be bringing her Grammy-award winning first disc, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, to life as expected. Show promoters Guerilla Union only list her as a special guest.
Rock the Bells, hosted by Supernatural and DJ Rocky Rock, will kick off on August 21 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA. The festival will continue to the Shoreline Amphitheater in San Francisco on August 22, Governor’s Island in New York on August 28, and will conclude at the Merriweather Pavilion in Washington D.C. on August 29.
A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Haitian Relief organization, Hip Hop and Hope for Haiti.
Fans can visit rockthebells.net for more info on each show and to purchase tickets. —Elan Mancini