LL Cool J Pronounces Rock the Bells Pageant f/ Ice Dice, Rick Ross, The Diplomats, Lil’ Kim, and Extra


LL Cool J has introduced his new hip-hop pageant Rock the Bells, which is about to happen in his native Queens, New York this summer season.

That includes performances from LL himself in addition to hip-hop heavyweights akin to Ice Dice and Rick Ross, the Aug. 6 fest can be held at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens. Roxanne Shanté is internet hosting the occasion, named after LL’s iconic 1985 music of the identical title. Different artists on the lineup embrace Fats Joe and Remy Ma, Jadakiss, N.O.R.E., Trina, Digable Planets, Lil’ Kim, and Scarface. Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, and Cam’ron will give a not-to-be-missed set as The Diplomats, and extra performers can be revealed because the date nears.

“This pageant is my means of exhibiting like to the group of hip-hop and celebrating the unimaginable journey this tradition has taken, going from DJ Kool Herc’s Sedgwick Avenue rec room, to the worldwide phenomenon all of us cherish right now,” mentioned LL Cool J. “Attending to deliver a few of the most iconic and influential hip-hop artists to the identical stage, in my hometown and town that began all of it, is an honor and I can’t wait for everybody to see what we’ve in retailer for them.”

In a dialog with Billboard, the 54-year-old mentioned, “The vitality and the objective has at all times been to raise hip-hop tradition and basic hip-hop tradition and never permit all of those proficient artists that we’ve be pushed to the sidelines simply because on the present second they won’t have a music on the prime of the Billboard charts. That doesn’t imply that they’re not precious. … So the identical means that the Stones get handled, Paul McCartney will get handled, and Bob Dylan will get handled, I needed to see these artists handled that means.”

Rock the Bells is to be produced by LL’s life-style model and co-produced by AEG. “The Rock the Bells pageant goes to be totally different from another pageant you’ve attended, bringing nice folks, nice vibes, and nice music collectively to characterize and have fun the originality and greatness of hip-hop,” mentioned Shanté. “With me as your host, you’re assured to have a pleasant day making hip-hop recollections from nightfall until daybreak. Plzbelieveit child.”

The brand new Rock the Bells is to not be confused with the now defunct hip-hop occasion that ran from 2004-2013, as LL filed a lawsuit towards the crew behind the fest in 2018. The rapper and actor claimed the founder and promoter tried to trademark the title in 2004. LL received the swimsuit in 2019, per Billboard, permitting him to be the unique proprietor of the trademark.

Registration for pre-sale tickets kicked off right now at 10 a.m. ET right here; normal admission tix are on sale Friday, April 8 at 10 a.m. ET.


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