| Aug 30, 2010
| 8:48 AM
From the Midnight Sun blog:
Rock The Bells had the potential to be epic.
The tour, which came to Merriweather Post Pavilion last night, boasted some of hip-hop's most legendary acts: Lauryn Hill, Wu Tang Clan, Rakim, KRS-One, Snoop Dogg and A Tribe...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 12:56 PM
Nearly a decade after his death, Ol’ Dirty Bastard rose, in hologram-like form, to perform alongside Wu-Tang Clan at Rock the Bells 10th-anniversary outing last year.
It was a highlight of the festival (NWA founder Eazy-E was also digitally raised...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Since its inception in 2004, Rock the Bells has anchored itself as the preeminent festival for hip-hop fans. For its 10th edition, the festival, which begins at San Bernardino's San Manuel Amphitheater on Saturday, once again proves why it's a hot ticket....
| Sep 9, 2013
| 5:30 AM
The hip-hop festival Rock the Bells kicked off its 10th anniversary run Saturday at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, and to celebrate the landmark event, organizers called upon some unlikely guests.
The late rappers Eazy-E and Ol' Dirty...
| Jul 6, 2013
| 1:00 PM
Musician and producer Sam Spiegel lives in a wooden A-frame house in the Hollywood Hills. It's a beautiful place, but its best feature is an apropos (if possibly apocryphal) history of weird musical collaboration.
"The guy who sold it to me says he...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 10:44 AM
Rock the Bells added a batch of additional performers to its 2013 lineup from younger voices J. Cole, Pusha T and Action Bronson to veteran hip-hop statesmen KRS One and Slick Rick.
The additions, which were announced Monday night, included more than...
| May 17, 2013
| 4:27 PM
When Tupac Shakur returned from the grave to "perform" at last year's Coachella, fans' jaws dropped. But the family of at least one hip-hop luminary isn't quite as thrilled about the prospect of a post-mortem show.
Icelene Jones, the wife of deceased...
| May 15, 2013
| 6:00 AM
When Rock the Bells sets up in San Bernardino this fall, the traveling hip-hop festival will feature two of hip-hop’s most revered – and dead – voices: Wu-Tang Clan’s uproarious fallen member Ol’ Dirty Bastard and godfather...
| Dec 19, 2010
"Let's have a toast," sang Kanye West in September of this sometimes seemingly endless year, debuting a new song, "Runaway," on the MTV Video Music Awards. Over a glassy keyboard sample and an old-school breakbeat, West intoned a gentle melody. "Runaway,"...
| May 1, 2012
| 6:52 PM
Chicago rapper N.O.R.M. answered our Chi-Tunes questionnaire. Do the same and your band could appear in RedEye!
What makes your live show great?
It features laser lights, video animation, and (unfortunately) ME!
I'm kidding...we DON'T have laser...
| Aug 10, 2009
| 3:36 PM
I like to think I dress nice. I could be wrong, but I do make an effort to fit in at these swanky events. And yet, I couldn't help but question my style when I went to W Chicago-City Center Thursday for Pete Yorn's show. When I arrived, one of the PR...
| May 31, 1996
WASHINGTON -- Escalating their attack on "gangsta music," anti-rap crusaders C. DeLores Tucker and William Bennett called on major record labels Thursday to sever their relationship with artists whose songs contain explicit sexual and violent lyrics....