May 16th, 2012
Rock The Bells, The Big-Time Travelling Hip-Hop Fest, Will Be 1.5 Hours Away In Holmdel, NJ On The First Day Of Budweiser’s Made In America Festival
So on September 1st, you have a choice. Which hip-hop giants would you like to patronize? You’ve got a big-time festival in your back yard on the Ben Franklin Parkway. The 1st is the first day of this much-heralded corporate-sponsored Made In America festival and allegedly the night that Jay-Z will perform (we still don’t know who else’ll be there, though). Or you can take a lil’ road trip and see some other super-exciting acts at Rock The Bells in Holmdel, NJ at the PNC Bank Arts Center. All you really need to know upfront is that Missy Elliott will perform alongside Timbaland. THAT IS HAPPENING IN NEW JERSEY.
Rock The Bells is an interesting festival kind of thing, with only three dates and two of em’ are in California. So this is a pretty cool opportunity. It’d be better if it was happening closer, but New Jersey really isn’t that far (Google says it’s 87 miles and 1 hours and 29 minutes). Thing is: there’s going to be a lot more dopeness at this Rock The Bells than Missy and Tim. There promises to be a reunited Hit Squad (EPMD, Redman, Das EFX, K-Solo, Keith Murray, and DJ Scratch), plus some stars like Kid Cudi, Lupe Fiasco, and Wiz Khalifa, plus some statesmen/stateswomen of hip-hop: Nas, Too $hort, Slick Rick, Ice Cube, SALT-N-PEPA, Bone Thugs, and RZA. AND, the kicker, Method Man and Redman will perform Blackout! in full. IN FULL, y’all! That record is the JAM.
So we know that all of the aforementioned acts will NOT be making appearances at our beloved Jay-Z’s Budweiser’s Made In America Festival at the Ben Franklin Parkway. This we know. But Rock The Bells is much more hip-hop focused. Like you’ll see in this video, heah, some chick’s like “These are not just hip-hop artists, they are AMBASSADORS of hip-hop.” In the 2011 footage, you see the craziness of Lauryn Hill and the soulfulness of Erykah Badu, and it doesn’t seem like that’s happening this year, but THIS YEAR YOU GET MISSY AND TIM! To be honest, it’s hard to imagine this as a one-day kind of thing. With all of these acts, they must start at noon and that doesn’t go over well. We’ll see.
So Jay’s fest is all-genres. Rock is all hip-hop. But which one will be better? It’s a battle and it’s on like Donkey Kong.