Prodigy, DMX, Jadakiss, Sean Price & More On Rock The Bells + New Additions To Line-Up
“This is like The Avengers sitting up on stage right now, ya dig?” Supernatural picked the perfect analogy for what went down at the official Rock The Bells press conference at Santos Party House on Wednesday. Even though the Iron Man, who will also be taking the stage under the guise of Ghostface Killah at this summer's one-of-a-kind festival tour, was absent from the media gathering --with cats like DMX, Jadakiss, Sean Price, Prodigy, Erick Sermon, M.O.P., Immortal Technique, Jim Jones and Supernatural around, you can rest assured that the world is being kept safe for rap.
Announcing further additions to the already stacked line-up (namely Big Sean, that other big Sean (P!), Curren$y, Action Bronson and M.O.P.), the event also served to confirm the news of a newly invigorated Earl Simmons, who was the center of attention both literally and figuratively that evening. The consensus among the high-profile attendants on stage was that the Dark Man's slot is definitely one of the most anticipated in this year's schedule. Sharing the bill with fellow Ruff Ryders-alumni Eve, Sheek Louch, Styles P and J-to-the-mwah, X and his clan might well be givin' it to ya shut 'em down, open up shop-style.
Of course the "hip-hop summer camp" (word to Peter Rosenberg) will encompass further bunches upon bunches of highlights. RTB-visitors will witness the reunion of the legendary Hit Squad, the return of Salt-N-Pepa, a new school lead by the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, ASAP Rocky, Future and Tyga, performances by Nas, Ice Cube, Deltron 3030 and Common...I mean, we could go on for days, but why not let Supernat tell it in a freestyle?
Meanwhile, Prodigy found some apt words to describe what will going down in San Bernadino (8/18-8/19), Mountain View (8/25-8/26) and Holmdel, NJ (9/1-9/2) this summer:
“Rock the Bells to me is very important because it gives some of the underground artists, the more hardcore type of artists a platform, a big stage at a big festival in front of a lot of people and it mixes them up with other, commercially bigger artists. It’s a good blend of artists and fans also. It’s something unique in music, period. Can’t nothing beat this. This is the illest festival that there is in rap music. Nahmsayin’?”
Yes. We nahyour sayin'. Pick up your tickets now, folks! As Jada put it, "this is gonna be one of them joints that you definitely wanna catch."