Presented by Guerrilla Union, Hip-Hop’s traveling mega festival Rock The Bells kicked off its tenth anniversary Saturday, September 7th at San Bernardino, California’s San Manuel Amphitheater to what could be considered some of the best performances the genre has to offer all year (including what’s left).
Hip-Hop DX Stage
Rock The Bells’ Hip-Hop DX Stage featured the likes of OG MCs KRS-One, Talib Kweli and Common as well as contemporary acts including YG, Earl Sweatshirt (accompanied by Hodgy Beats), Hit-Boy and more.
Fools Gold Stage
Some of Rock The Bells more interesting acts hit the Fools Gold stage with performances from Chief Keef, Riff Raff (with a special appearance Lil Debbie), Pusha T and Flatbush Zombie.
Rock The Bells Stage
Hosted by Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg, The Rock The Bells Stage saw a special holographic Eazy E set the crowd wild during Bone Thugs N Harmony‘s as the Godfather of Gangsta rap celebrated what would have been his 50th birthday and the iconic Cleveland group’s twentieth anniversary.
Boot Camp Click member Sean Price kicked off the stage’s day long list of prominent MCs before the likes of Big K.R.I.T., Immortal Technique, TDE’s Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock), Tech N9ne and more before Kid Cudi closed out the day.
Watch Eazy-E’s hologram appearance below.
Day two of San Bernardino’s Rock The Bells stop at San Manuel Amphitheater upped the ante from the festival’s opening day thanks to some spectacular performances at all three stages.
36 Chambers Stage
Hosted by West Coast’s own Ras Kass for the better part of the day, the 36 Chambers Stage featured performances from Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Dizzy Wright, Lecrae and more before closing with the God MC Rakim.
Guerrilla Union Stage
Though the main Rock The Bells Stage was the main attraction as the day began to close, the Guerrilla Union stage featured some of the more eccentric Hip-Hop acts thanks to acts ranging from Odd Future soul band The Internet and Danny Brown to Bay Area legends Too Short & E-40, Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick before ending with contemporary mash-up artist outfit Girl Talk .
Rock The Bells Stage
Yesterday’s Eazy E hologram performance midway through Bone Thugs N Harmony‘s set was still fresh on everyone’s mind but Old Dirty Bastard‘s virtual appearance during Wu-Tang’s set gave festival attendees something else to talk about during the week as the festival closed. Hosted by Murs, Rapsody, 9th Wonder, Dom Kennedy, Freedie Gibbs, J.Cole A$AP Mob and more all lent unique flavours to their sets.