The 2010 music festival, Rock the Bells, was held on Aug. 22 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg and the much anticipated Lauryn Hill hit the main stage for their unforgettable performances.
With two stages there was also plenty of room for artists such as Immortal Technique, Jedi Mind Tricks, Brother Ali, Slick Rick, KRS-One and several others. Their sets walked the audience down memory lane by performing their chart topping hits from the 90’s.
A Tribe Called Quest performed their LP “Midnight Marauders” with surprise guest Busta Rhymes. Wu-Tang Clan reunited to perform “Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers” in its entirety with a tribute to fallen soldier ODB (Ol’ Dirty Bastard).
Lauryn Hill hit the stage to perform tracks from her Grammy Award winning album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” as well as hits from “The Fugees.”
Joining Snoop Dogg was Kurupt, Warren G, Lady of Rage and Dr. Dre on the turntables. The strategic décor of the stage included a “Doggystyle” back drop, a park bench laced with 40s (40 oz. beers), and a fire hydrant for the “Doggystyle” mascot.
Snoop and Tha Dog Pound performed “Doggystyle” in its entirety with a few hits from “The Chronic.”
“Doggystyle” has been a highly influential album which has gone quadruple platinum and made Rolling Stone’s “Essential Recordings of the 90’s” as well as The Source’s “100 Best Rap Albums.”
Just when the crowd thought it was over, Snoop came out for an encore. He closed the set with more recent hits such as “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and his newest track. Snoop finalized his exit by pouring 40s on stage.
Beneath a full moon and a layer of herbal remedies, the crowd seemed more than content with the evening.
Fan and Berkeley resident Aliyah Belkhafia said, “I wanted to go to Rock the Bells because it is an annual event where people can share their love for real hip hop and pay homage to living legends who paved the way.”
Guerilla Union’s RTB has been running seven years strong. The festival is mostly known as a major hip hop tour; however, artists from several genres have hit the stage. Rage Against the Machine, Ziggy Marley, and Oakland based artist The Coup have performed at past festivals.
With legendary line-ups, the festival is nothing short of momentous.