Rock the Bells Kicks Off in San Bernardino

Rock the Bells kicks off with performances from Rakim, KRS-One, Slick Rick, Lauryn Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu Tang and Snoop.

Over the weekend, fans flocked to the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, where they braved the heat to see some of Hip Hop's most acclaimed albums performed in their entirety. Celebrities like Lil Mama, Michael Rappaport and Macy Gray were in attendance.

After Rakim, KRS-One, Immortal Technique and Slick Rick took the stage, Ms. Lauryn Hill performed the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill with some help from a band and back up singers. A Tribe Called Quest followed with a surprise appearances from Jarobi, Spliff Star and Busta Rhymes. The Wu Tang Clan performed their debut album, Enter the Wu Tang: 36 Chambers, enlisting the help of Ol' Dirty Bastard's son for ODB's verses. Boy Jones sported a classic ODB hairstyle, the same one that his father had on the cover of Return to the 36 Chambers.

After the Wu, Snoop Dogg took the stage with help from Daz, Kurupt and more to perform Doggystyle. Dr. Dre and others also appeared via taped footage to help capture Snoop's debut more thoroughly in a set that included a tribute of sorts to Nate Dogg, who is recovering from a 2007 stroke. After an encore, Snoop ended the evening.

Fans who were not willing to stand the heat had the option to take shelter in the indoor Paid Dues stage, where Murs, Brother Ali and Street Sweeper Social Club performed, among others. 

Rock the Bells will continue on after dates in San Bernardino and San Francisco over the weekend, they are traveling to New York and DC for August 28 and 29.



  • Truth

    Only 12 posts for the best hip hop tour of the year. I went to the past 2 Rock The Bells concerts. Both were classic, I had a great time. Not going to it this year. They raised their prices and they only did 4 venues this year. Funny, Drake and Niki Minaj got way more attention this weekend then the Rock The Bells tour.

  • Hendo

    I travelled from Sydney, Australia to attend this event and was quite impressed. I loved the Rakim set and ATCQ brought a real energy to the show. Whilst it was great to see the Clan, I felt that they were going through the motions. Maybe they'd been standing in the extreme heat for 7 or 8 hours too...

  • hiphopmexi

    ill concert, but fuck Rock the Bells. 13 bucks for a 20oz heineken??!! GTFOH!! i literally paid less for beer at an NFL game the weekend before. then at the end of the night, these motherfuckers had the nerve to SELL cups of ice to the fans!! What the fuck? i understand yall ran out of water, but dont insult us by selling us fuckin cups of ice. and stop with this two stage bullshit, i paid over 90 bones after all the fees to have to choose if i want to see krs-one or brother ali who both had sets at the same time?? dont ask me if i want my leg or arm more, thats fucked up!! let them ALL on the same stage!!! other than that, everyone shut it down who i saw!

  • So Pissed

    For the record, I would like to say f**k LA, f**k NY, and f**k DC. I live in St. Louis and would cut out my right eye just to go to this concert. Lauryn Hill, Rakim, Slick Rick, Wu Tang, and Brother Ali? I think im gonna cry not being able to see this.

  • nick Romero

    I was there also, and having purchased all of these albums the day they came out, it was amazing to see these tracks performed. I'm a westcoast LA native 4 life, but Tribe killed it the hardest, as if they never missed a beat. Unfortunately, Lauryn Hill's performance was god-awful. She's completely lost anything she ever had. Her voice was off, she was constantly rambling nonsense sporadically through tracks, it was real, real sloppy.

  • Mike Meraz

    No Chicago?? WTF is that? I would give anything for two tickets just to see Lauryn Hill.

  • Assassin221

    Man, how are these motherfuckers gonna skip over the Midwest entirely?

  • Smartmediaman

    SUUUUUUU!!! I'd give anything to be at that show. I'll be the Clan's set was craaaazy! 36 Chambers...from top to bottom?!?!? Forgetaboutit! Weekend looked like a crazy line-up in general. Shout out to the great hip hop group of all time - Wu Tang Clan One...



  • Its Um

    I bet Ms. hill was awesome.


    dude. i was there @ the san berdardino venue. it was fuckkin badass. snoop ended the concert perfectly wit daz, kurupt, lady of rage, and rbx. we showed a bunch of love for Nate Dogg. the wu was the shit. a tribe called quest was very ill. busta rhymes came out of nowhere. it was a good day

  • Ciro

    Wu-Tang performing 36 Chambers and Snoop performing Doggystyle?? I hope someone was taping those concerts.

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