Rock The Bells returns for its 10 Year Anniversary with a line up that is sure to attract hip-hop fans across generations. The festival will kick off at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California on September 7 and 8 and make its way to Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California on September 14 and 15. The tour will continue on the east coast with new festival sites at RFK Festival Grounds in Washington D.C. on September 28 and 29, and at Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey on October 4 and 5. Current superstars such as Kid Cudi, Big KRIT, Tyler the Creator and rap super-group Black Hippy will be sharing the stage with old favorites like Wu-Tang Clan, Rakim and Bone Thugs N Harmony for what will be one of the most memorable hip-hop concerts in recent history. If the big names weren't enough, we will also get a chance to see other very talented artists like Talib Kweli and Dilated Peoples who have gained much respect among the biggest names in hip-hop. Another unique feature of this concert series is that it will feature virtual performances from the Godfather of Gangster Rap, the late Eazy-E, and Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu-Tang Clan. This has received approval by their families of course. Virtual performances are sure to have their share of critics but there is no doubting they will expose these artists to a new set of fans who will also have a chance to appreciate their music like we did. Who would you like to see added to line up? Do you think virtual performances are a tribute to the artist or a gimmick? Tell us what you think! For more info, visit RockTheBells.net and watch MC Supernatural announce the line up below.
The lineup for the 2012 Rock the Bells Festival has been released and it is stacked. This year the festival will include legendary acts from the likes of Nas, Ice Cube and Naughty By Nature to name a few. As well as a performance from Method Man and Redman of their Blackout album in its entirety. The lineup is filled with the tons of the hottest current artists in the game as well; J Cole, Wiz, Kid Cudi, Mac Miller, TDE (Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock), A$AP Rocky, and many more. Rock the Bells 2012 will also feature the 20 year anniversary reunion of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony as they'll perform E. 1999 Eternal in its entirety. RZA will play host in all 3 stops which are, San Bernardino, California on August 18-19, Mountain View, California on August 25-26, and Holmdel, New Jersey on September 1-2. If you're planning on making the trip to what looks to be a hip-hop show to remember, pre-sale tickets go on sale May 19th. Also to anyone that plans to go, hopefully Lupe wasn't someone you had really hoped to see... Check the full lineup below.