Rock the Bells Festival Snags Lauryn Hill, Nas, Erykah Badu

For the past eight years, Rock the Bells Festival has been bringing premier hip-hop performers and their music to the public during an all-day event that features many of the biggest hip-hop names along with up-and-coming artists who are the heir apparent of the genre.

The lineup for 2011 is continuing with that esteemed tradition.

Usually a New York treat, festival organizers have expanded their reach and will bringing the event to four different locations. One will take place in New York, two in California, and the last event will be in Boston.

On Saturday September 3, the concert in New York will be held on Governors Island. From the southern part of Manhattan, it’s just a short ferry boat ride.

The lineup this year will feature several artists performing their classic albums. Lauryn Hill will perform “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” while Nas performs “Illmatic,” his influential debut, with help from DJ Premier, Pete Rock and AZ. Other artists who will be performing entire album sets include Talib Kweli & Mos Def’s hip-hop group Black Star performing their self-titled debut and Cypress Hill performing “Black Sunday.”

This year the festival will have three main stages, which include Rock the Bells, the main stage, Paid Dues Stage, which focuses on new hip-hop talent, and 36 Chamber Stage featuring Wu-Tang Clan members as well as artists handpicked by RZA.

On June 4, tickets are going on sale for the general public to the whole Rock the Bell event. However, if you want yours early, check the pre-sale by Guerilla Union that will kick off on June 3 at 10 am.

To get hyped up for the premiere hip hop event of 2011 and to see the entire lineup, visit