Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Premier, And, Yes, Lauryn Hill Added To Rock The Bells Lineup


Well, this has been somewhat of a confusing rollout. The news: Snoop (doing Doggystyle in its entirety), Tribe (doing Midnight Marauders), and DJ Premier (doing a Gang Starr tribute that’ll probably be the highlight of the whole thing) have been added to the bill (already loaded with Wu Tang, Slick Rick, Rakim, KRS-One, and so forth) for hip-hop nostalgia-fest Rock the Bells, which hits a handful of cities later this summer, including a Governors Island date August 28. Also appearing: the ever-volatile Lauryn Hill (as a “very special guest,” which is a dangerous phrase) doing “a unique set exclusively for Rock the Bells,” which could theoretically mean “a scintillating mix of Fugees and Miseducation of Lauryn Hill tracks,” or maybe just “whatever the fuck Lauryn feels like doing at that precise moment.”

No one is happier to announce this latest addition than Urb, who the day of the initial Rock the Bells lineup rollout broke the news that Lauryn would be headlining and covering Miseducation in its entirety, per this year’s apparent format, only to have that refuted by the Rock the Bells braintrust themselves. Two weeks later, now, comes a partial bailout, which they are handling gracefully. (“Suck it, doubters.”) You got it, honey, just as soon you change the headline on this post to “URB Gets It Wrong About Village Voice Getting It Wrong About URB Getting It Wrong About Lauryn Hill Headlining Rock The Bells.”)

(Forgive that bit of inside baseball — this lineup is now officially pretty fantastic.)