Rock The Bells: Nas, Roots, Pain


The Roots
Guerilla Union has announced initial details for the 2009 installment of the critically acclaimed festival series ROCK THE BELLS - North America's only hip-hop festival. Teaming with Budweiser for this year's ROCK THE BELLS 2009 FESTIVAL SERIES, the festival features such headliners as Nas & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley, The Roots, Big Boi and Common plus many more major hip-hop artists.

The summer trek will kick off June 27 and run on consecutive weekends through August 9 in ten cities across North America including Toronto, Washington D.C., Boston, New York, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and Vancouver. Each stop will feature 25 acts on two stages, a vendor village, surprise performances and more. Exact dates, venues and ticketing information will be unveiled at a later date. Fans are encouraged to visit to sign up for their newsletter with up-to-date information on the tour.

Anticipated performance highlights of this year's festival series include: headliners Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley who will perform material off their June release Distant Relatives, promising to deliver the "soundtrack to global change" and they'll focus on bringing attention to social issues in Africa; The Roots will break away from their Late Night with Jimmy Fallon residency for some live dates; and, for the first time, KRS-One - known as the purveyor of the Temple of Hip Hop and his activism with the "Stop The Violence" campaign—will join MC Supernatural, Murs and Pete Rock as hosts for RTB, as well as serving as a performer.

Also confirmed for ROCK THE BELLS is the long-awaited reunion of the Irish-influenced hip-hop trio House of Pain consisting of all the original members (Everlast, Danny Boy and DJ Lethal) featuring La Coka Nostra, who will perform material off their early 1990's releases. Reflection Eternal is another notable collaboration for Rock the Bells with the union of Talib Kweli and Hi Tek.

Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
The Roots
Big Boi (Outkast)
House of Pain w/ all original members featuring La Coka Nostra
Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli + Hi Tek)
Tech N9ne
RZA (Wu-Tang)
Raekwon (Cuban Linx II)
Sage Francis
Slaughterhouse (Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5'9", Crooked I)
Charlie 2na (Jurassic 5)
Eyedea & Abilities
Psycho Realm
Mystic Jouneymen (Sunspot Jonez + Lucky I Am)
Mickey Facts
Tabi Bonney
Slum Village (T3, Baatin, Elzhi)

Hosted by:
Pete Rock

For coverage of 2008 Rock The Bells go here.

[Published on: 4/8/09]

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ClaysTribe starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/8/2009 01:13PM
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ClaysTribe star Wed 4/8/2009 01:13PM
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JammyJammerson Wed 4/8/2009 01:36PM
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Gotta Love KRS One and the "Stop The Violence" campaign, with guys like Tech9, Buckshot, and Slaughterhouse. They sound like some non violent dudes

Kemosloppy Wed 4/8/2009 01:48PM
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Necro is an animal. he will abuse everyone there.

Kemosloppy Wed 4/8/2009 01:52PM
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and Mash Out Posse. theyre pretty peaceful.

but theres reps from both camps. just look at Sage Francis, Eyedea & Abilities, Evidence, Common, Chali 2na, The Roots, Talib

Kemosloppy Wed 4/8/2009 02:05PM
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La Coka Nostra is the remnants of what was formerly known as Non-Phixion. its Ill Bill's new outfit. love that early 90s shit!

lovemusical Wed 4/8/2009 02:18PM
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This is a sick lineup with real hiphop artists that know how to transfer their music to a stage. No crunk, club radio shit. Some of these artists have had radio hits, but for the most part its talented MC's, who actually have something important to say which is the essence of hiphop.

brooklynite84 Wed 4/8/2009 02:39PM
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lovemusical, I usually always agree with you, but this line-up is weak compared to last years ultra-amazing line-up (Tribe, Pharcyde, Planets, Nas, Mos, Kweli, Enemy, and so many more). I do love me some Common, he's the shit live. As for Nas and Damian, I think it'll be interesting what they will do together. I loved Jr Gongs last album and Nas will always be Nas (Illmatic Baby!). I just don't think that this beats the past few years though, I do think that this is one of the tightest festivals going and the fact that it's a touring festival is even better. So have fun to who's going..."Bring it back, that ol New York RAP!!!"

D-Line Wed 4/8/2009 03:00PM
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2 years ago it was public enemy, cypress hill, WU TANG, then RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. NOW THATS A LINUP!...not this crap. my head is still buzzing from rage.

boonville Wed 4/8/2009 03:32PM
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hope its not violence across america...

TBMLEE Wed 4/8/2009 03:56PM
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Mickey factz is the (.)(.) The guy is amazing!

unevenremainder Wed 4/8/2009 04:14PM
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its Chali 2na, not charlie 2na. ha.

rastarusty Wed 4/8/2009 05:39PM
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i thought the lineup was better last year.

I guess you could argue rage isnt really hip hop, but i love rage. Cypress, wutang, de la soul, j5, and maybe nas too

that was a solid lineup.

this has some good stuff, but alot is bits and pieces from that one year.

lovemusical Wed 4/8/2009 05:54PM
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brooklynnite84. Can't disagree at all about the line up last year, although Tribe and Pharcyde aren't even close to what they once were live. Rock The Bells is sick every year. Nas, Jr. Gong, KRS One, The Roots,RZA, Raekwon,House Of Pain, Common,Big Boi, Sage Francis,Big Boi,Chali Tuna,Psycho Realm and Murs. Simply excellent.

lovemusical Wed 4/8/2009 05:58PM
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^Big Boi counts as one, Andre guest appearance would be nice.

JAT17 Wed 4/8/2009 06:32PM
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DUUUDEE Eternal Reflection Talib and HI tek is the real deal

GeorgieP Wed 4/8/2009 09:16PM
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^^ Reflection Eternal

Cool lineup, but like every lineup at every festival, it could use a little Rakim.

wenzit420 starstarstarstar Wed 4/8/2009 11:12PM
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The Rebel INS Thu 4/9/2009 01:31PM
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The Rebel INS

This lineup can' t touch 07' RAGE BABY! That performance alone was worth the ticket.

oversoul222 Mon 4/13/2009 09:54PM
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ya '07 will never be repeated both underground and mainstream alike but this is actually an amazing lineup as well. A whole lot of sold underground artists, only thing I can say is it seems like it's a whole bunch of solos without the group as a whole (i.e. Big Boi without Andre3000, Raekwon and RZA without the rest of Wu, Chali 2na without the rest of J5) PLUS i wish the weathermen were there... bring aesop, cage, and yak .........