Is it just us, or is underground hip-hop kind of, you know, happening again? The Rock the Bells festival, now in its third year, has taken the place of the defunct Smokin Grooves tour at least for lucky SoCal fans as a summertime gathering for the conscious/groovy types, and this years lineup, a real East-West love-in, is impressive. Besides local heroes such as Visionaries, The Living Legends and Cut Chemist, master wordsmith Nas will perform, as well as Redman, Ghostface & Raekwon, Sage Francis, Hieroglyphics, legendary DJ Q-Bert, Guru of Gang Starr/Jazzmatazz, Supernatural, mash-up guru DJ Muggs, Oh No et al. Special guest hosts will include B-Real of Cypress Hill, RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, and Mr. Choc of Power 106 and Beat Junkies.
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Saturday, July 30, at Nos Events Center, San Bernardino. For more info, visit www.rockthebells.net.