Common, DOOM, Killah Priest and Boy Jones have been added to the ROCK THE BELLS 2011 FESTIVAL SERIES–presented by Boost Mobile in association with GUERILLA UNION and powered by BlackBerry. The festival will head to four major North American markets this summer, kicking off on August 20 in Los Angeles.
The festival will feature seminal hip-hop artists performing their classic albums, a tradition started last year. Nas, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Cypress Hill are among those confirmed to perform full album sets. New line-up addition Common will perform his Kanye West-produced 2005 breakthrough album Be in select markets and Wu Tang Clan associate Killah Priest will perform 1998 release Heavy Mental. Previously announced co-headliner Erykah Badu will also perform her debut album Baduizm.
British rapper DOOM will take the stage making his North American festival debut. Joining DOOM for all four dates is Boy Jones, the son of late Wu Tang member Ol Dirty Bastard, who will be co-hosting the 36 Chambers Stage.
ROCK THE BELLS will feature an array of seminal and up-and-coming hip-hop artists on three stages. The stages will be the ROCK THE BELLS STAGE, the PAID DUES STAGE featuring independent hip-hop acts, and the new RZA-curated 36 CHAMBERS STAGE primarily featuring members of the Wu-Tang Clan. A fourth stage–the GRINDTIME NOW STAGE–will also be added in most markets and will feature battle-style performances.
The New York Guerilla Union pre-sale starts June 9 and general on-sale starts June 11. The Boston GU pre-sale starts June 16 and general on-sale starts June 18. West Coast dates are currently available for purchase. Visit www.rockthebells.net for the exact lineup in each city as well as important announcements and up-to-date information regarding the tour.
ROCK THE BELLS 2011 FESTIVAL SERIES Line-up
Nas – Illmatic +
Ms. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill +
Cypress Hill – Black Sunday +
Erykah Badu – Baduism +*
Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star +
Common – Be +*
Raekwon & Ghostface – Only Built for Cuban Linx +
Mobb Deep – The Infamous +
The GZA – Liquid Swords +
Souls of Mischief – 93 til Infinity +
Blu & Exile
Masta Killah – No Said Date +
Killah Priest – Heavy Mental+
+ notes full-album sets
* notes performance on select dates only
The RZA + MURS 3:16 + Supernatural + Boy Jones
ROCK THE BELLS 2011 FESTIVAL SERIES Tour Dates
08.20 Los Angeles, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
08.27 San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
09.03 New York, NY – Governors Island
09.10 Boston, MA