Rock The Bells Would Like Dr. Dre, Outkast, Jay-Z & Others

Exclusive: B-Real, Souls of Mischief's Opio and Guerilla Union president Chang Weisberg speak on the significance of this year's Rock the Bells tour.

After this year's star-studded Rock the Bells lineup was announced, fans were excited but that may just be the beginning. On the night of the press conference, Guerilla Union president Chang Weisberg spoke with HipHopDX to talk about why fans can still expect more, saying he's "still working." He also discussed the importance of this year's show, saying fans will never get to see a tour like this again. 

Over the years, Rock the Bells had a tradition of reuniting Hip Hop groups, but that focus has gone to recreating classic albums to be performed on stage in their entirety. When asked what sets this bill apart from those of previous years, Weisberg noted that this was just "a great start." 

"From the topline view, 10 classic records, just like boom, and then, the hottest new Hip Hop performers in the country, hands down," he said. "That’s it. It's just that combination. It’s not the year of some crazy reunion but I think it’s a great startto it. I already know, people are going to ask, ‘what else are you going to announce? What else is next?’ It’s cool, I get it."

Understanding this, Weisberg also explained that he's still working on getting other acts to join the bill. During the press conference, he acknowledged that he would love to have Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem and others join the tour, something he also expressed to us. 

"I’m still working on it," he said. "Everybody knows I’m working on it. I would love to put an ad out, a big takeover campaign on HipHopDX that reads, ‘Rock the Bells Wants Dr. Dre! We Want OutKast!’ They know it. I’ve talked about it every year. I hope that Rock the Bells is around long enough to realize what everybody wants. I hope they also appreciate what they’re given this year. I can guarantee this: you will never see what you’re about to see this summer again." 

B-Real, who Weisberg said this event could never have been done without, expressed the importance of topping every year. 

"That became the question: Can these guys top this show? And every year, they end up putting a show together that everybody talks about like, ‘Are they going to top this one?’" 

Souls of Mischief's Opio also explained why this event is special to him. 

“The crowd that comes to this event," he said. "I’ve been to the one in L.A. and the one in the Bay, so I can’t really speak from experience on everywhere else, but the crowd that comes here is knowledgeable about music. Every time you have a conversation about Hip Hop with someone, they kind of have to be in the same mind frame…All of those people come to these shows. The true Hip Hop fan is there. So, it adds to the magic of the moment.” 

For more information on this year's lineup, stay tuned. 

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13 Comments

  • Myan McConico

    how can you have a concert called "rock the bells" with no LL cool j? #justsayin

  • DrZaius

    This will be my 5th year at Rock the Bells at 1st I thought nothing could top the Rage Rock The Bells but then last year with Wu, Tribe and Snoop def. did. Like everyone's been saying if they get OutKast on a bill then it would be the best show of all time, especially if it was a dungeon family reunion

  • C.JayDee

    Outkast > anyone. You know how crazy people would go for Andre 3000??????

  • NaSty

    I went to RTB last year and it was nothing short of spectacular. I'm definitely going to san bernadino to see some of my all time favorite albums being performed. this is gonna be one of the best days of my life!!

  • Anonymous

    Agreed w/ below. Outkast would top having Dr Dre, Em and anyone else. Lupe would be ill too. The line up as is with the old school albums being performed at their entirety, that's enticing enough!

  • Captain Planet

    I've been to 2 Rock The Bells. Every year, they find a way to make it better. Last year was the best thus far. I am for sure gonna hit this year up. With that being said, OUTKAST in the lineup would be the sickest shit ever... i would much rather OUTKAST over all the other names mentioned in this article.

    • Assassin221

      That could be, the first one I went to was in San Bernardino and it was off the chain. I think noise ordinances or whatever fucked it up in Chicago. If I go this year it'll be in NY so I hope they get the same kind of love there like in 06.

    • Captain Planet

      I'm sorry to hear that! I've only been to shows in Cali. not being biased cause i'm from here, but i heard the best RTB shows are in California.

    • Assassin221

      Not the case for me, I went in 2006 and the shit was hectic but awesome, tons of acts, crazy-ass breakdancing stage and the shit went till 2. Went again in '09 in Chicago expecting something similar and it was still cool but a lot of the acts on the bill weren't there, no love for the other elements and the shit ended at 11 sharp. I'm on the fence about this one because it's far but if they get Outkast or somebody I'll figure out a way to be there.

  • Anonymous

    Illmatic in it's entirety, Immortal Technique, Big K.R.I.T., Blu, Fashawn, Slaughterhouse, Black Star, Raekwon, DJ Premier, AZ. This would be the near perfect first concert if I go. Just add Lupe at least.

  • Anonymous

    Add Lupe Fiasco, J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar to the line-up and I guarantee I'll find a way to come to the one in San Francisco on August 27th. Either way I want to go. I've never been to a concert before and I plan on this being my first one.

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