A Tribe Called Quest, Jay-Z, Nas & Friends Rock New York’s Bells [Exclusive Coverage]
New York, NY -- Rock The Bells invaded New York’s Jones Beach Amphitheater on Sunday, and DJ Booth was there for a most memorable show.
Q-Tip Pumps Up The Crowd (Photo by: PNP / WENN)
The crowd was amped all afternoon for headliners A Tribe Called Quest to close out the show, but a series of unforgettable collaborations and special guest performances made everyone concentrate on the “then and now.”
Talib Kweli joined Mos Def for several Black Star records, Method Man and Redman joined forces to perform numbers from their expansive solo and collaborative catalogs, Wu-Tang members Ghostface and Raekwon hooked up, and the Def Squad performed their most popular record of all-time, “Rapper’s Delight.”
Redman and Method Man (Photo by: PNP / WENN)
Though all of the aforementioned performances wowed the crowd with equal parts hype and hip hop, the ultimate guest appearance was made by Brooklyn’s own, Jay-Z, who joined Nas on stage. The iconic rappers performed “Black Republicans,” off of Nas’ first Def Jam album “Hip Hop Is Dead.”
A Q-Tip led ATCQ closed out the show, continuing the special guest appearance trend of the evening. The group was joined on stage by past collaborators/affiliates Busta Rhymes and Consequence.
Q-Tip and Mos Def Share The Stage (Photo by: PNP / WENN)
Other notable performances included Immortal Technique, Slick Rick, Pharohe Monch, Black Sheep and Biz Markie.
When it comes to showcasing the best that the hip hop industry has to offer, Rock The Bells and the season of summer are synonymous with one thing: premiere concert event.
Written by DJ Z on 08/5/08
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