The 2010 Rock The Bells Festival rocked Governors Island’s South Island Field in remarkable fashion, igniting New York City through a slew of epic performances by Hip Hop legends past, present and future.

The seventh annual festival series boasted a two-stage format and a loaded lineup featuring Snoop Dogg performing Doggystyle, Wu-Tang Clan performing Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), A Tribe Called Quest performing Midnight Marauders, Lauryn Hill, KRS-One, Rakim, Slick Rick, Murs, Brother Ali and more.

Headliner Snoop Dogg embraced the classic album concept most earnestly, as his Doggystyle rendition not only included every track from his seminal offering, but also showcased G Funk luminaries Lady Of Rage, Daz and Kurupt of The Dogg Pound, Warren G and several detailed video montages of the album’s interludes. He also performed fan favorites “Deep Cover”, “The Next Episode”, “Nuthin‘ But A G Thang” and The Neptunes produced, “Drop It Like It’s Hot”.

Wu-Tang Clan brought the ruckus as all eight original members along with Cappadonna and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s son, Boy Jones (“Young Dirty Bastard”) eerie impersonation of his father’s savage on-stage gyrations and ubiquitous cornrows, controlled the thousands in attendance. Clearly the crowd favorites, the entire festival grounds were littered with Wu-Tang T-shirts and tattoos, signifying the impenetrable fan base the iconic clan has amassed over it’s seventeen year career. “Ws” were held high throughout the set as the Wu rocked through most of it’s culture changing debut album, “Triumph”, Raekwon’s “Ice Cream”, ODB’s “Got Your Money” and others. The raucous set concluded with Method Man kicking his verse from “Rockwilder” then crowd surfing through a sea of adoration. Rza also noted that upcoming Wu-Tang movies are currently in the works.

A Tribe Called Quest left it’s indelible impression all over Rock The Bells. The Queens quartet ripped through a number of songs from Midnight Marauders and Low End Theory, leading the masses through it’s timeless grooves. Large Professor and Main Source joined Tribe on stage, as well as Busta Rhymes and Swiss Beatz.

If there was a low point to Rock The Bells 2010, it was undoubtedly Lauryn Hill’s unfortunate sixty minute performance.


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