Nas, Lauryn Hill and More Headline 2011 Rock the Bells Festival
Rap stars Nas, Lauryn Hill Raekwon & Ghostface and Cypress Hill have been announced as the headliners of the Rock the Bells 2011 Festival Series.
The rappers along with R&B singer Erykah Badu, will perform their groundbreaking albums in full.
Lauryn Hill is slated to perform her multi-platinum album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, while Nas will perform his breakthrough album Illmatic, with guests AZ, Pete Rock and DJ Premier.
“For years people have been asking me to do Illmatic in so many ways, from stage plays to movies to books, but the time wasn’t right," Nas said. Where music is going now, the time is right. This will be my biggest production and it only makes sense to do it on the best rap tour which also happens to be a brand I’ve built and am a partner in. Can’t wait to kill it with my comrades AZ, Premo & Pete Rock!”
Cypress Hill will hit the stage when they perform their 1993 album Black Sunday, while Mos Def and Talib Kweli as Blackstar will perform there self-titled debut album.
Raekwon and Ghostface have teamed up to perform Rae's critically acclaimed album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.
This year's Rock the Bells Festival will feature three main stages,Â including the Paid Dues stage which features a number of independent acts.
The new, 36 Chambers stage is new and will feature members of the Wu-Tang Clan on the stage, with headlining act, The RZA.
“I am excited that this year’s Rock The Bells will continue its rich history and tradition by presenting the best and most ambitious festival programming in Hip Hop,” said festival co-founder and Guerilla Union head Chang Weisberg. “The bar has been set high and this year’s line-up will certainly stake its claim. With ten of the biggest records in the history of the genre and the freshest new talent bubbling from the underground, this summer’s Rock The Bells is another dream come true.”
Rock the Bells will hit four major markets this year.
The festival will kick off in Los Angeles on August 20th at the San Manuel Amphitheater.
Rock the Bells then head to San Francisco on August 27th for a stop at the Shoreline amphitheater.
The tour will then head to the east coast for a September 3rd date at Governors Island and will wrap up in Boston on September 10th.