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Rock the Bells Day 2
NOS Events Center
Rock the Bells 2012 has come and gone, and with sunken, swollen eyes and sleep-deprived bodies and brains we can say we're both saddened to see it vanish into our memories and ecstatic about all the possibilities of next year.
This year had some phenomenal performers, a high-enough temperature to roast some food in, and plenty of press-tent water to keep us hydrated, and for that we're thankful to the NOS Events Center and Guerilla Union for the experience and the darker shades of skin. We will rinse and repeat around the same time next year, but until then here's what is going to stand out when he think of this year's Rock the Bells.
Even if he started his set with a “Life is Good” song, Nas knew the way to enrapture everyone and hold their every glance was to hit 'em with the classics. The 38-year-old emcee perfectly performed venerable “Illmatic” era classics such as “NY State of Mind” and “Live At The Barbeque” and journeyed through his career just like he said would at the very beginning of his set by playing fan-favored selections like “Hate Me Now,” “Made You Look, “Nas Is Like,” “Got Yourself A Gun,” and “The Message.” Nas even managed to get a Khalifa-shaming sing-a-long going toward his performance of “If I Ruled The World.”