Last night the lineup for hip-hop’s premiere festival, Rock the Bells, hit the Internet. Once again, Lauryn Hill and Nas will hit the stage. And there’s a familiar twist: instead of performing a catalog-spanning slew of songs, they and several other icons will perform classic albums in their entirety.
Lauryn, of course, will perform The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. While Nas will drop gems from his debut set, Illmatic. Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Ghostface will run through Only Built for Cuban Linx. And Mobb Deep plans to crank out The Infamous.
Tickets for the shows go on sale June 4. Read after the jump for a list of some of the headliners, dates, and venue locations.
2011 Rock the Bells Festival dates:
8/20 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
8/27 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/3 – New York, NY – Governor’s Island
9/10 – Boston, MA – TBA
Confirmed Performers and Albums:
Ms. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Nas – Illmatic
Cypress Hill – Black Sunday
Mos Def and Talib Kweli – Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star
Raekwon & Ghostface – Only Built for Cuban Linx
Mobb Deep – The Infamous
The GZA – Liquid Swords
Souls of Mischief – 93 ‘til Infinity
Masta Killah – No Said Date
Erykah Badu – TBA
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