Nas or GZA? Lauryn Hill or Raekwon and Ghostface? Black Star or Masta Killa? These aren’t the pointless hypotheticals hip-hop heads have used to pass the time for the last 30 or so years but actual conundrums you will face at this year’s Rock the Bells festival, the annual tribute to hip-hop past and the throwback rappers (this year, Big K.R.I.T., Freddie Gibbs, Roc Marciano) of the present. You don’t have to choose just yet, but know that these artists and more will all be playing their magnum opuses in their entirety. Maybe they’ll even act out the skits.
Sat., Sept. 3, 1 p.m., 2011