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Rock The Bells 2013 features a lineup of some of Rap’s most iconic figures, as well as some of its most promising acts. Bone thugs-n-harmony, E-40, Too $hort, Juicy J, Rakim, Tech N9ne, Talib Kweli and Wu-Tang Clan are among the veteran acts slated to perform at the festival, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and is scheduled to kick off September 7 and 8 at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California.
Big K.R.I.T., Black Hippy, Bodega Bamz, Brother Ali, Common, Curren$y, Danny Brown, Dilated Peoples, Dizzy Wright, Dom Kennedy, Earl Sweatshirt, Flatbush Zombies, Hit Boy, Hopsin, Immortal Technique, Jhene Aiko, Jurassic 5, Kid Cudi, Lecrae, Prof and Snow Tha Product are among the other acts on the bill.
“We have curated a multi-generational line-up that includes the best and brightest artists in the genre,” says Chang Weisberg, owner and founder of Guerilla Union, the company that puts on Rock The Bells. “It is not just great Hip Hop music. It’s great music, period. It’s a collection of artists who represent, respect and recognize everything that Rock The Bells…has accomplished in its storied history.”
Rock the Bells plans to add a new wrinkle to its shows this year by having virtual performances of the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard with Wu-Tang Clan and the late Eazy-E with his proteges Bone thugs-n-harmony. “This is not only a dream come true for the fans, but for me as well,” Weisberg says. “I would have never dreamt of the day, nor the technology, for this to come to fruition. Thanks to Dr. John Acunto and his team at Gig-It, they are going to help bring these two legendary rappers back to life. But, we will set the standard only approved by [ODB's mother] Cherry Jones and [Eazy-E's widow] Tomica Wright. This virtual performance is especially important for the legendary New York crew. The first year of Rock the Bells in 2004 was the last major performance all Wu-Tang Clan members had together before Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s untimely passing. Now, 10 years later, they will be reunited on the same stage at Rock the Bells for their 20-year anniversary.”
Rock The Bells will at be the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California September 14 and 15. The event will make its first stops at the RFK Festival Grounds in Washington, D.C., September 28 and 29 and at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey October 4 and 5.
As is Rock The Bells tradition, freestyle rapper Supernatural delivered the festival’s lineup with a verse that included each artist by name at the Sixth Annual Press Conference and Launch Party, which was held in Los Angeles Tuesday (May 14). The next announcement of artists on the Rock The Bells bill will be made in June at a New York press conference and launch party.
A Kings Mountain woman has been arrested and charged with beating another woman with a Bible.
Fifty-seven-year-old Evelyn Mills Moore was arrested Saturday on a charge of assault inflicting serious injury.
The arrest warrant states Moore used her fists and a Bible to strike the other woman.
The victim suffered bruises on her head, face and arms.
Moore also was charged with assault accusing her of striking a man with her fist, causing numerous bruises.
Moore was being held in the Cleveland County jail. It was not clear if she has a lawyer.
Throughout the years, Hip Hop has touched on a number of controversial topics including gun violence, drug use, and even religion. Despite the array of subjects the genre touches on, one rapper in particular feels that a line should be drawn between rap and religion.
While speaking with AlLindstrom.com, Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa shared his thoughts on religion in rap and spoke on the topic being just another fad in Hip Hop.
“This is just me personally, I don’t like how much people play with religion in rap,” Wiz revealed. “You know what I’m saying? I feel like that’s a fad that a lot of people came into and they don’t really understand really what they’re saying or doing. So, they’re playing into that because it’s popular, it’s cool, but it’s not really what the shit’s about. So, when you talk about religious stuff and you talk about rap culture. Religion is religion and rap culture is rap culture.”
Later in the interview, the Taylor Gang spitter spoke on the popularity of Molly and party culture in today’s Hip Hop before sharing the reason why he’s drawn to marijuana.
“As far as like drugs, Molly, and partying, of course the next drug is gonna be the next cool thing. Whatever’s popping that’s what people talk about, but I feel like there’s people who really do it and are experienced in it and they’re not even rappers…With pot for me, the appeal to it is the togetherness of it. Cause when you first get weed—the first thing you do is share it. You hit it, you pass it. That’s what weed is based on. It’s based on sharing.”
Sha Money XL, one of the architects of the G Unit movement, has signed on as an executive vice president of urban A&R at Epic Records. He had served as senior vice president of A&R at Island Def Jam for three years.
“As I embark on this new Epic journey,” Sha Money said in a statement, “I have a great vision for what the new record industry should be like, the music, the experience and lifestyle.”
While at Def Jam, Sha Money XL worked worked with 2 Chainz and Big K.R.I.T., among others. He also served as president of G Unit Records and was 50 Cent’s long-time manager and producer.
“Sha Money has time and again proven to be a cultural leader and has my complete support in ushering in the next generation of Hip Hop stars,” Epic chairman and CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid said in a statement.
Epic Records’ roster includes Andre 3000, Casey Veggies, Future, Ca$h Out and Ciara, among others.
Snoop Lion (also known as Snoop Dogg) owes the Internal Revenue Service $546,270.29.
According to documents retrieved by TMZ, the Reincarnated rapper turned reggae artist owes money for two separate years: 2009 ($101,952.44) and 2011 ($444,317.85).
Tax issues aren’t a new thing to the West Coast veteran. Back in 2008, he reportedly owed over $476,000 in back taxes to the IRS but the issue was resolved quickly after the lien was brought to his attention.
Currently, Snoop Dogg is promoting his new album/movie entitled Reincarnated, which explains the Doggfather’s transformation from gangster rapper into a person who is now embracing the Rastafarian faith.
UPDATE: TMZ.com has reported that Snoop Lion has paid $546,000 in tax lien. The Long Beach, California emcee is now reportedly off the hook.
Chris Brown loves graffiti. His neighbors in the Hollywood Hills don’t appear to share his appreciate for the art form.
The R&B artist has been fined $376 for unpermitted and excessive signage after he posted a mural on a retaining wall outside of his house. The images are of monster-like creators, which are reportedly scaring children in the area. “There are lots of babies, lots of children, and they’re literally frightened,” Patti Negri, president of the Hollywood Dell Civic Assn told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s like devils on the wall — big scary eyes and big scary teeth, and just the whole vibe is not what we’re used to.”
Chicago, Illinois rapper Chief Keef has had a busy week. It was announced last week that the Glory Boyz Entertainment/Interscope Records artist has partnered with Gucci Mane to form 1017 Glo Gang. Additionally, Keef is previewing Beats By Keef Headphones, which are currently in development.
Along the way, a judge has ordered Keef to pay child support on his two year-old son. TMZ reports that courts estimate that the 17 year-old Keef pulls in $13,000 a month, yielding him to pay $2,600 of that to his child’s mother. Additionally, Keef will need to hand over $10,400 in back-pay.
The once very rich Dame Dash is now fighting to keep a roof over his head, losing more than just power in the rap industry.
According to NY Daily News, Dash claims that his mounting debt has once again reached the footsteps of his home and faces imminent eviction from a rented mansion in suburban Carmel, New York.
In a 5-page report Dash filed on Tuesday the former Roc-A-Fella Records head claims, “I am currently several months behind in paying my personal bills,” he wrote. “For instance, I am currently over $100,000 behind in rent for the only home in which I live and at risk of being evicted.”
Dame Dash lost a pair of multimillion-dollar Tribeca lofts to foreclosure in 2010, which included $7.3 million left on massive mortgages.
A 2004 split with his former wife Rachel Roy smacked Dash with a $20 million windfall and eventually left the 42-year-old facing hard financial times.
Court records also show that Dash lost numerous lawsuits filed by landlords, fashion designer Charlotte Ronson and a celebrity bodyguard firm.
According to Dash’s court filing, he faces possible criminal prosecution for not paying his New Jersey taxes. Documents show Dash also owes more than $2 million in state taxes to New York, and he admits to owing federal income taxes as well.
According to Ruthless Records co-founder Jerry Heller, Eazy-E wanted to kill Suge Knight. Heller recently revealed this in a radio interview, claiming that Eazy wanted to kill Knight and that he feels he “should have let him” do it.
In an interview with Prezident Bejda of The Murder Master Music Show, Heller explained how this conversation took place.
“Eazy said, ‘You know this guy Suge Knight?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ He says, ‘Well, I’m gonna kill him!’ He said, ‘This guy is gonna be a problem and I think I should kill him.’ I said, ‘Let me think this thing through. First of all, we’re doing $10 million a month with six employees. We don’t even have a typewriter in the office. We’re the most successful start-up record company in the history of the music business and you want to kill this guy? That just doesn’t make any sense to me.’”
Heller then explained that he regrets talking Eazy out of it.
“You know something? I should have let him kill him. You know? I would have done the world a favor. He would have done it for sure by himself. He always rolled by himself and he was fearless…I think that he was going to go do it. I took him seriously.”
“He was right and I was wrong,” he later added. “I shouldn’t have talked him out of it. Ruthless would probably still be around. Dr. Dre and Ice Cube would probably still be with Ruthless. It would have been an empire.”
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