Tuesday, March 27, 2007

20 Years of Bass for Your Face: Public Enemy Reunites to Rock the Bells!

Listen up all you Hip Hop heads, the people who brought the world the Rock the Bells Festival have announced their full talent lineup that includes Cypress Hill, The Roots, Mos Def, EPMD, MF Doom with headliners RATM and the Wu-Tang Clan with a special guests: a newly re-united Public Enemy...I was going to let this one pass but who could give up the chance to see PE rockin' wild one last time?...Finally, all the younger heads have the opportunity to go witness Chuck D and co. throw down the gauntlet in a live context-- it ain't like listening to a record, son...

As the notification I got sent maintains, "the festival has expanded it's itinerary and added 15 additional dates...further down it mentions that Nassir "Hip Hop is Dead" Jones (or Nas) will also headline some of the gigs...here's the rest of it...

"Guerilla Union--the presenters of the 2007 ROCK THE BELLS critically acclaimed hip-hop experiences July 28 at Randall’s Island, New York; August 11 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA; and August 18 at McCovey Cove Parking Lot (near AT&T Park) in San Francisco with headliners The Wu-Tang Clan and Rage Against The Machine--have announced further details about their 2007 North American festival series.

Artists confirmed for exclusive live performances on these three ROCK THE BELLS summer shows include: Rage Against The Machine, The Wu-Tang Clan, Nas*, Cypress Hill, The Roots, Mos Def, EPMD, MF Doom*, Pharoahe Monch, FELT *, Sage Francis, Hieroglyphics*, Immortal Technique, Living Legends*, Blackalicious*, The Coup*, Murs*, Jedi Mind Tricks, Brother Ali*, Cage*, Mr. Lif*, Grouch & Eligh*, Hangar 18*, Blueprint* and Lucky I AM*, plus very special guests Public Enemy who celebrate their monumental 20-year anniversary. DJs on all dates are Mike Realm, C-Minus, Icy Ice and Rocky Rock. The ROCK THE BELLS festivals will be hosted by Supernatural, Rahzel and Hi-Tek. (*Performing select cities.)

In addition to the New York and California dates, ROCK THE BELLS will expand with 15 additional dates where the Wu-Tang Clan will be joined by Nas as the co-headliner. (Rage Against The Machine will appear at the three aforementioned dates only.) The historic tour will begin July 28 in New York City and wrap-up on the west coast in late August. The Paid Dues Independent Hip Hop Festival--which sold-out the Orange Pavilion in San Bernardino, CA this past weekend--will also hit the road this summer on a 10-city run across the continent joining up with two ROCK THE BELLS dates in New York City and San Bernardino, CA. The cities and venues, final line-up for each date and ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks.

“ROCK THE BELLS represents, respects and recognizes the very best and brightest talent who create social, political and conscious hip-hop music. We are attempting to make a statement as well as history. I have been blessed to be a part of a lot of big shows, but this year’s festivals aren’t just the biggest or best shows in hip-hop, they are some of the most important musical experiences overall,” states Chang Weisberg from Guerilla Union. “It has never been more critical to the success of quality music. The live hip-hop experience is so special because there are just so few happening. I can’t remember the last time this many quality emcees and musicians have ever been gathered to showcase their talents. Mass media has a blurred perception of what’s popular. ROCK THE BELLS exists to be the ultimate artist support platform for the genre. We will prove that over 150,000 fans can spark a movement and a shift in the music and culture of America. The summer of 2007 will be remembered as the year that quality hip-hop came back.”

...Party for your right to fight when tickets go on-sale this Saturday, March 31... Fans can sign up for pre-sale ticket information at the official Rock the Bells website

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