Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest Join Rock the Bells Lineup
The Boombox ran into Guerilla Union head Chang Weisberg this weekend in Los Angeles and he promised a "stupid" announcement this week for Rock the Bells, the traveling hip-hip music festival that promises classic hip-hop albums in their entirety from its lineup this year. Damn, did he deliver.
Joining the Wu-Tang Clan performing 'Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers' and the other previously announced headliners for RTB this summer is first time RTB performer Snoop Dogg, performing 'Doggy Style,' with special guests Warren G., Tha Dogg Pound, Lady of Rage and RBX, A Tribe Called Quest doing 'Midnight Marauders' in its entirety, and DJ Premier doing a tribute to his Gang Starr partner, the late Guru. Lauryn Hill will be a special guest for RTB stops in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C. She, as of press time, is not scheduled for the San Francisco date.
The appearance of Hill, the ex-Fugees singer who has been an enigma since taking over mainstream pop with her 'Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' album, adds a great deal of the event factor to the festival, similar to Rage Against the Machine's appearance at RTB in 2007. Her sporadic and often controversial appearances in public have made her a lightning rod for curiosity and when it was rumored the singer would join the RTB lineup the blogsphere blew up with reports and interest.
But for true hip-hop fans the show will be about much more than Hill, as the chance to see Wu-Tang and Tribe perform full albums from start to finish, not to mention Snoop, make this not just one of the biggest hip-hop tours of the year, but a rival in talent for any traveling package out in 2010.
Rock the Bells tour dates:
8/21: NOS Events Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
8/22: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, Calif.
8/28: Governer's Island, New York City, N.Y.
8/29: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Washington D.C.