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Rock the Bells announces the addition of Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill & DJ Premier

June 10, 2010 | 11:27 am

RTB10_lineup_snoop_tribe_laurynInitially, the 2010 bill for annual hip-hop hall of fame/festival Rock the Bells seemed slightly lackluster. Obviously, Wu-Tang Clan performing "Enter the 36 Chambers," KRS-One performing "Criminal Minded," Slick Rick performing "The Great Adventures of Slick Rick," and Rakim rhyming "Paid From Rull," is nothing to scoff at, but all of the acts had made RTB appearances during the event's seven-year history.

That changed Wednesday when the festival's organizers, Guerilla Union, announced arguably their biggest coups to date, getting hometown hero Snoop Dogg to perform the entirety of his 1993 opus "Doggystyle," A Tribe Called Quest to perform "Midnight Marauders," DJ Premier to pay tribute to Gangstarr, plus the reclusive Lauryn Hill as a "very special guest."

The heavy hitters add clout to a lineup that also features underground linchpins Murs & 9th Wonder, Immortal Technique, DJ Muggs & Ill Bill, and Jedi Mind Tricks, plus young up-and-comers Yelawolf, Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean. Additionally, the lineup features the Street Sweeper Social Club featuring Boots Riley of the Coup and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. 

In past years, the festival has toured America and Canada, with the 2009 edition featuring 11 dates stretched out over a month and a half. 2010 finds the organizers scaling back to four dates, including stops in San Francisco, New York and Washington. The festival hits San Bernardino's NOS Events Center on Saturday, Aug, 21. Tickets are on sale for $75.

-- Jeff Weiss