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RZA at RTB 2012: On Man With The Iron Fist, Boy Jones and ODB

Saba G. caught RZA hanging out backstage during a break in his hosting gig at the 36 Chambers stage at Rock The Bells and talks with the Wu Tang frontman. Above,… Read

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MC Supernatural at RTB 2012: Supernat tells his origin story

Every superhero has his (or her) origin story, and this is Supernatural’s. And it all begins one day when he discovered there was an instrumental track on the… Read

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Salt-n-Pepa at RTB 2012: On legend status and being the only females on the bill

We caught up with Salt, Pepa and Spinderella backstage at Rock The Bells last month after their set. Saba G. asks the ladies how they feel about being the only… Read

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Watsky at RTB 2012: From spoken word poet to (sorta) big-time rapper

During Rock The Bells 2012 at Shoreline, we brought along Saba G. with us to talk to artists backstage at the festival. We’ll be posting them throughout the week… Read

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RTB 2012: The New Nas closes out the festival

It’s so interesting what a difference a year makes. This is Nas’ second stint in a row as a Rock The Bells headliner. This couldn’t be more different than last… Read

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RTB 2012: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Layzie, Bizzy, Wish and Krayzie, reunite

Rock The Bells have been in recent years the site of some impressive reunions, like the Wu-Tang Clan, The Pharcyde, and A Tribe Called Quest, and this year… Read

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RTB 2012: Deltron 3030 spared nothing in performance

Deltron 3030, the team of Del tha Funkee Homosapien, turntable maestro Kid Koala, and producer Dan The Automator, went all out. In an unreliable census held by… Read

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RTB 2012: Atmosphere brings a bit of irony to the stage

Atmosphere, Slug and Ant both present and accounted for, take to the stage after Common, with a bit less intensity, but with a bit more cheekiness. To say the… Read

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RTB 2012: Legends converge with Zion-I/Eligh/Grouch and Murs/Fashawn

The Living Legends are together, but they’re not together, sortakinda. Two ex-members and one current member of the inactive California underground crew took to… Read

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RTB 2012: Common nearly explodes onstage, per usual

The sight of Common, at a Rock The Bells, is starting to be a little, um, common. It’s safe to say Common is a regular at Rock The Bell events by now, and while… Read

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RTB 2012: Hit Squad reunites for a revival

A mostly reunited Hit Squad came through on the Paid Dues stage this afternoon for a nostalgia trip. Each constituent act took their turns taking the limelight,… Read

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RTB 2012: Dom Kennedy, Mix Master Mike, and Slick Rick

Up-and-coming Dom Kennedy starts the day off on the main stage before we start a steady diet of folks with a claim at legend status, including Big Daddy Kane,… Read

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RTB 2012: Ice Cube and Kid Cudi as day 1 ends

Remember when the Rock The Bells lineup was announced and everyone noted the slight generational shift in emphasis that occurred in the booking, especially when… Read

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RTB 2012: A$AP Rocky and Mob brings out ScHoolboy Q and Yelawolf

Rocky was dressed in white today (as he was on Jimmy Fallon earlier in the week), which is one way to stand out from a crowd, or in this case, a Mob. After… Read

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RTB 2012: Mac Miller and J. Cole at dusk

As the sun sets in the Pacific, the buildup to the day’s finale starts with twentysomething wonders Mac Miller and J. Cole. Read

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RTB 2012: Black Hippy officially hits the Bay

Reppin’ their SoCal roots, Black Hippy solidified their spot as staples in the California hip-hop game with their first official performance in the Bay Area at… Read

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RTB 2012: Salt-n-Pepa and DMX bring it back

More pictures from the 36 Chambers stage, as Salt-n-Pepa and DMX return. As we can see, Salt and Pepa return (a surprise appearance as they were originally… Read

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RTB 2012: Naughty By Nature gallery

One of the few “legend” acts for this half of Rock The Bells (the majority of them are performing tomorrow), Naughty By Nature, Treach, Vinnie and Kay Gee,… Read

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RTB 2012: DJ Lance Rock, Watsky, and Pusha T

And we are off. For those who came when the gates open, this is how we start Rock The Bells 2012 in the Bay, with DJ Lance Rock and Friends doing a DJ set on the… Read

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Hip-Hop.com is Live at Rock the Bells 2012 in Shoreline

Welcome to Mountain View, California, where it’s nice and sunny and not too hot (thankfully), which will be the home, as it was last year, of Rock the Bells. And… Read