News: SOHH EXCLUSIVE: Slaughterhouse, Styles P, Talib Kweli & More Shatter "Rock The Bells" NYC Show [Video]
Saturday, Aug 29, 2009 11:30AM
Slaughterhouse, Slum Village, Styles P, Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek and more ignited the Rock The Bells Presents tour last night (August 28) in New York City with non-stop performances and a tribute to the late DJ AM.
Hosted by Pete Rock and led by original rhymes from freestyle world champion Supernatural, the show began to take form with Slum Village's T3 and Elzhi.
Hitting the stage as the remaining members of SV, the rap duo performed cuts from their upcoming album Villa Manifesto but also reminded fans of their classics like "Selfish" and "Tainted." While already having the crowd's attention, Elzhi also gave fans an unexpected freestyle and both emcees periodically told everyone to put their "V's" up and pay homage to the memory of late members Baatin and J Dilla. Pete Rock also held down the DJ set during Slum Village's performance. (SOHH On The Scene)
The show continued after a brief break by the four-man rap team Slaughterhouse which consists of Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5'9 and Crooked I.
Clearly it was Slaughterhouse in which fans were most anticipated to see as DJ Frequency introduced each member one by one as they hit the stage rapping. Aside from performing their own hits, each member repped their region by spitting a few bars from one of their area's most memorable songs. Royce performed "The Way I Am" for Detroit, Crooked did "Nothin' But A G Thang," Joey kicked off "Hip Hop Hooray" for New Jersey and Joell did "Hypnotize" for Brooklyn, New York. They also paid homage to the late DJ AM by saying "We were just with Travis Barker," Crooked said, "rest in peace to DJ AM." (SOHH On The Scene)
Despite the energy from the previous performance, Talib and Hi-Tek reunited on-stage in New York and finished the show with an unexpected performance by Styles P.
As Hi-Tek spun records, Talib rapped to the crowd. "New York City," he told the crowd. "Give it up first of all to the legendary Pete Rock from New York City in the place to be. Give it up to Supernatural in the place to be. Give it up to Slum Village in the place to be. Give it up to Slaughterhouse. And DJ Hi-Tek from Cincinnati, Ohio." Performing Black Star cuts and slowing things down for hits like "Never Been In Love Before" and "Get By," the rapper also performed a brief period of technical difficulties but made up for it through freestyling from the crowd which showed their appreciation by clapping even louder. Upon getting their equipment up-and-running, Styles P hit the stage performing "Gangsta, Gangsta" and "I Get High." Ending the show, Hi-Tek grabbed the microphone as they performed "Kweli" together." (SOHH On The Scene)
Prior to the event, Kweli has been promoting his upcoming Reflection Eternal 2 Hi-Tek collaboration album.
"The Reflection Eternal project is a go, I've been spending a lot of time in [Cincinnati] at Hi Tek's studio," Kweli told Kevin Nottingham in an interview last winter. "We are trying to have that out before the summer on Blacksmith/Warner Brothers. Hi Tek got some heat, he still my favorite producer." (Kevin Nottingham Blog)
Be sure to check out the full recap at the SOHH On The Scene blog. Just click here to peep.
Check out SOHH On The Scene's footage below: