August 21, 2010
NOS Event Center
Scorching heat, swarming crowds, parking gridlock, inefficient management, and borderline incompetent staffing didn't stop Southern California from “rocking the bells” this Saturday at San Bernardino's gargantuan National Orange Show Event Center.
Although the rap legends that took the stage aren't ones infecting mainstream radio (notable exception: Snoop Dogg), the event organizers sought to attain a comprehensive variety of hip-hop performers that contributed the genesis of the art form. Forget KIIS-FM; many of these guys were on Soul Train in the early 1990s. Additionally, headlining artists countered the mainstream traditions by performing entire albums from start to finish, not merely their Top 20 hits.
“This [Rock the Bells] is the realest fucking hip-hop show alive… I salute LA for standing up,” declared famed radio DJ Peter Rosenberg.