Editors' pick

Rock the Bells

Hip-Hop/Rap
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Editorial Review

Since 2004, Rock the Bells has successfully built a brand as the Lollapalooza of hip-hop. It has become a required summer-concert staple for devotees of beats and rhymes and one of a few events, if not the major one, to bridge the gap between the revered veterans and new underground sensations. It also brings more substantive acts together on a scale that's usually the domain of pop artists. This year, the tour will be borrowing another trick from the rock-concert playbook that should further energize hip-hop fans. Slick Rick, Rakim, KRS-One and Wu Tang Clan will all perform their landmark albums in their entirety from start to finish. The undercard features a wealth of hot indie talents, including Brother Ali, Immortal Technique and buzzed-about newcomer Wiz Khalifa.

--Rhome Anderson, May 2010