Summer 2010’s best summer concert was definitely Rock The Bells (RTB) on Governors Island, New York City on August 28th — a concert that is for true hip-hop heads who can still appreciate the classics.
RTB brought out everyone from Jedi Mind Tricks to Snoop Doog, and the experience was amazing.
Among the headliners were A Tribe Called Quest, the Wu-Tang Clan, Lauryn Hill, and Snoop — with Lauryn bringing out some big celebs to show support: Jay-Z, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Mary J. Blige, Chris Rock and more.
Even Chris was seen leaning over the stage catching flicks of Lauryn on stage on his cell phone.
Two stages located at opposite ends of the grounds stayed crowded with loyal fans, despite the fact that some of the more well-known artists were all on one side at the same time.
Brother Ali managed to hold the crowd while KRS-One lit up the main stage. Immortal Technique had no trouble keeping his fans, while A Tribe Called Quest did the same. ATCQ brought out Busta Rhymes during “Scenario”, Wu performed their entire 36 Chambers album, with the late Ol Dirty Bastard’s son Boy Jones’ awesome impersonation of his father.
The location for this year’s Rock the Bells in NYC was once again, Governors Island — an 172 acre island accessible by ferry. Hip-hop fans from all over NYC docked boats from Manhattan and Brooklyn to come together to celebrate this culture we call hip-hop with a line-up for greats.
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The sun was shining, the beer was flowing and the food was good enough to fuel those who stayed the entire twelve hours. It’s always exciting to see people from all backgrounds come together and recite A Tribe Called Quest’s lyrics, word-for-word, and throw their “W’s” up for the Wu-Tang Clan.
The evening was drama-free, and everyone went home happy. The only complaint? Fans who were excited to sing along with Lauryn’s Miseducation of Lauryn Hill classics had a hard time because a lot of them were set to different beats and speeds. Oh, and water was pretty much non-existent by the time the sun set.