• 29Aug

    Hip Hop Icons Rock Rock The Bells 2010

    The 2010 Rock The Bells Festival rocked Governors Island’s South Island Field in remarkable fashion, igniting New York City through a slew of epic performances by Hip Hop legends past, present and future.

    The seventh annual festival series boasted a two-stage format and a loaded lineup featuring Snoop Dogg performing Doggystyle, Wu-Tang Clan performing Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), A Tribe Called Quest performing Midnight Marauders, Lauryn Hill, KRS-One, Rakim, Slick Rick, Murs, Brother Ali and more.

    Headliner Snoop Dogg embraced the classic album concept most earnestly, as his Doggystyle rendition not only included every track from his seminal offering, but also showcased G Funk luminaries Lady Of Rage, Daz and Kurupt of The Dogg Pound, Warren G and several detailed video montages of the album’s interludes. He also performed fan favorites “Deep Cover”, “The Next Episode”, “Nuthin‘ But A G Thang” and The Neptunes produced, “Drop It Like It’s Hot”.

    Wu-Tang Clan brought the ruckus as all eight original members along with Cappadonna and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s son, Boy Jones (“Young Dirty Bastard”) eerie impersonation of his father’s savage on-stage gyrations and ubiquitous cornrows, controlled the thousands in attendance. Clearly the crowd favorites, the entire festival grounds were littered with Wu-Tang T-shirts and tattoos, signifying the impenetrable fan base the iconic clan has amassed over it’s seventeen year career. “Ws” were held high throughout the set as the Wu rocked through most of it’s culture changing debut album, “Triumph”, Raekwon’s “Ice Cream”, ODB’s “Got Your Money” and others. The raucous set concluded with Method Man kicking his verse from “Rockwilder” then crowd surfing through a sea of adoration. Rza also noted that upcoming Wu-Tang movies are currently in the works.

    A Tribe Called Quest left it’s indelible impression all over Rock The Bells. The Queens quartet ripped through a number of songs from Midnight Marauders and Low End Theory, leading the masses through it’s timeless grooves. Large Professor and Main Source joined Tribe on stage, as well as Busta Rhymes and Swiss Beatz.

    If there was a low point to Rock The Bells 2010, it was undoubtedly Lauryn Hill’s unfortunate sixty minute performance. Marred by an infuriating live arrangement that vaguely represented the original versions of the classic jams crafted over twelve years ago, irritating shots of microphone feedback and scratchy, often off-key vocals — the eight time Grammy Winner disappointed fans, many of which walked away from her set all together. Performing songs from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and The Score, the two highlights occurred when she brought all five of her children on stage, stating each of their names during “Zion” and again when she invited Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, Swiss Beatz, Chris Rock, John Legend and Jay-Z on stage to wave to the crowd.

    KRS-One, Rakim and Slick Rick shutdown Rock The Bells’ Main Stage and Murs & 9th Wonder, Immortal Technique, Whiz Khalifa, Brother Ali, Big Sean and Yelawolf all showcased strong performances on the smaller, Paid Dues Stage on the opposite end of the festival grounds.

    DJ Premier, Jedi Mind Tricks, DJ Muggs with Ill Bill also performed.

    The Rock The Bells Festival is an annual Hip Hop festival sponsored by Guerrilla Union, Bowery Presents, Highline & Mad Dog. What started as a one day showcase in Southern California in 2004 has grown into a multi-city extravaganza, bringing the cultures most prominent acts on tour all over the world. For more information on Rock The Bells, visit www.RockTheBells.net.

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Discussion 3 Responses

  1. September 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    The sitution with LH is so unfortunate. To be honest with you it seems like she’s on something. I also seemed according to youtube that the LA LH Rock the Bells performance was a lot better. Maybe she’s just warming up… thats my wish and hope bc I’ve missed her.

  2. December 29, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    This was an incredible event evidenced by the awesome pictures. It is also amazing that ATCQ performed Midnight Marauders. I have that album!

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