Wu-Tang Clan‘s Raekwon recently spoke on headlining the upcoming Rock the Bells tour and his anticipation to perform hip-hop classics.
Rae shared his thoughts on being given an opportunity to perform the Wu’s 36 Chambers album.
“We never did that before,” Raekwon said in an interview. “We never sung the whole album, the 36 Chambers…That’s gonna be interesting to see these cats do some of the records that really bust hip-hop’s cherry open. I can’t wait to see this because I never seen it like that before. The concept is great. It gives fans the opportunity to go back and rewrite their history, go back and check it out, see what made dudes who they are. … This [tour] is gonna allow races to come together and have fun for one night. This is gonna be the event of events. This is gonna be the Royal Rumble of hip-hop. I’m sure that everybody is gonna come out and represent this. It’s gonna be right. I can’t wait.” (MTV)
A listing of billed performers was released on the Internet last Tuesday (May 25).
Yelawolf * Big Sean * Supernatural * Street Sweeper Social Club * Brother Ali * Jedi Mind Tricks * DJ Muggs w/ Ill Bill * Immortal Technique * Clipse * Wiz Khalifa * Murs & 9th Wonder * Slick Rick * KRS-One * Rakim * Wu-Tang Clan (2 Dope Boyz)
Additional select artists will be performing their most renowned albums this year.
- Don’t believe the hype. Yesterday, URB.com reported that R&B recluse Lauryn Hill would headline this summer’s Rock the Bells tour, performing her 1999 masterpiece “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” in its entirety. Scratch that. Today, the magazine blames “leaked information,” but does claim that other artists will be performing their classic albums on this summer’s hip-hop mega-tour. According to URB, Slick Rick will perform “the Great Adventures of Slick Rick,” Krs-Onewill revisit “Criminal Minded,” Rakim will perform “Paid In Full,” and theWu-Tang Clan will perform “Enter the 36 Chambers.” That’s cool, but it’s no L Boogie. (Washington Post)
As of now, this year’s event will feature four performance dates.
The only issue is that so far they have released just four dates, with the shows being held in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C. But like years past, it’s possible the festival will make its way to smaller cities, such as Boston (*crosses fingers*). (Prefix Mag)
Check out some past Wu-Tang Rock the Bells footage below: