In celebration of Hip Hop turning 50 this year, the unique cruise experience will be brought to life in partnership with Sixthman, and the Norwegian Pearl sets sail from Miami to The Bahamas on November 13, 2023 for four nights through November 17, 2023.
On Wednesday (January 25), LL COOL J and Rock The Bells unveiled the full lineup of performers. Rozay, Ghostface and Big Boi will be joined by the likes of Lil Jon, DJ Jazzy Jeff, MC Lyte, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick and Too $hort.
Other names include Just Blaze, Mannie Fresh, Pete Rock, DJ Quik, EPMD, Bun B, Grandmaster Caz, DJ Scratch and more. Hosts on the cruise will be Roxanne Shanté and Torae.
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It was previously announced that guests will be welcomed to a kick-off party on the boat’s deck with a concert from Trina and Trick Daddy.
LL COOL J and Rock The Bells shared the lineup on Instagram with the caption: “From 50 years to forever! The sold-out Rock The Bells Cruise: A Hip-Hop Experience lineup is here!
“We’re bringing the celebration of Hip-Hop turning 50 to the high seas with Sixthman (the industry leader in unforgettable music festivals at sea) and bringing some of the greatest DJs, MCs, and producers of all time with us.”
The caption added: “Whether you’re an East, West, or South purist, this cruise has you covered. Ready to check the lineup, get more information and join the waitlist? Visit RockTheBellsCruise.com!”
Tickets for the cruise are currently on sale with prices ranging from $800 up to over $5,000 per person depending on the package customers desire.
There will be plenty of fun activities throughout the day for vacationers on the voyage from Miami to The Bahamas which will include pool deck parties with Kid Capri, DJ battles, rap karaoke, interactive graffiti, podcasts, roller skating, open mic nights, movie screenings, art galleries, tattoos, basketball and Bun B’s Trill Mealz Food Court.
LL COOL J founded Rock The Bells in 2018 with a focus on uplifting the culture and elements of Hip Hop. The brand uses content, commerce, merchandise and various experiences, such as the upcoming inaugural festival, to remind fans where Hip Hop came from.
The name of the brand comes from LL COOL J’s 1985 hit “Rock The Bells” and the rap icon had to take ownership back after another company had used the name for their own festival in the mid-2000s.
In July, LL Cool J took to social media to explain why he founded Rock The Bells. “I founded @RockTheBells because I believe Hiphop culture isn’t disposable,” he tweeted. “I also believe true art/artists don’t have an expiration date.”