Queens, NY – With LL COOL J’s inaugural Rock The Bells festival just around the corner, the lineup is growing. According to a press release. Busta Rhymes will appear at the Queens-based event on August 6 alongside LL COOL J, Lil Kim, Ice Cube, Rick Ross, The Diplomats, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Scarface, Trina, N.O.R.E., Digable Planets, DJ Scratch, Scarface and DJ Mister Cee, among others.
The official Rock The Bells Instagram account confirmed the addition on Thursday (July 14) that read, “JUST ADDED!!! One of the greatest live shows on Earth. @bustarhymes will be hitting the #RTBFestival stage 8.6.2022 at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens ‼️ Get your tickets now at rockthebells.com/festival ? before the price goes up 7/15 at 6:00pm EST. Want to give a special shout out to our presenting partners @proctergamble @kingcgillette & @mbib for supporting Rock The Bells Festival & Hip-Hop culture.”
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Hosted by Roxanne Shanté, the Rock The Bells festival aims to “bring together some of Hip Hop’s biggest icons and genre-defining artists for an entire day of live music, interactive experiences, art exhibits, food and much more.”
Rock The Bells was previously the name of another Hip Hop festival hosted by Guerilla Union in the early to mid-2000s. LL COOL J petitioned the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to cancel all existing trademarks in 2017, but the promoter repeatedly attempted to refile for the trademark.
In 2019, LL COOL J sued the production company for stealing the name from his 1985 hit “Rock The Bells.” As reported by The Blast at the time, a judge ordered Guerilla Union to transfer all control of its social media accounts, website domains and any other intellectual property to LL COOL J. The promoter was also barred from using the name or any other similar trademarks again.
“This festival is my way of showing love to the community of Hip Hop and celebrating the incredible journey this culture has taken, going from DJ Kool Herc’s Sedgwick Avenue rec room, to the global phenomenon we all cherish today,” LL COOL J said of the revamped event. “Getting to bring some of the most iconic and influential Hip-Hop artists to the same stage, in my hometown and the city that started it all, is an honor and I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have in store for them.”
As part of the first annual Rock The Bells, UGK legend Bun B is bringing his Trill Mealz Food Court to the festival grounds. Nas, E-40, Jadakiss, Styles P, Ghostface Killah and Mia X will all bring their culinary delights to the audience. Check back with HipHopDX soon for an exclusive with Bun B in which he’ll discuss his RTB festival vision and more.