All I can say is, wow! I had the pleasure of attending my first ever Rock The Bells show this Saturday and it was something special. The weather was perfect, just PERFECT (read: HOT). But it was definitely worth it.
To get to Governors Island, concertgoers had to hop on the Ferry. 90 degree weather coupled with clear blue skies made for a gorgeous escape from the hustle and bustle of New York City's streets. On the ride over, folks got a little rowdy and started chanting "Rock - The - Bells! Rock - The Bells!" - it was pretty awesome. As we neared the dock on the island, I could hear Slick Rick on the mic in the distance. "Once upon a time not long ago...". I quickly walked over to will-call to pick up my ticket, press pass & schedule - yea, I felt kinda special. Shoutout to The Source for having me cover RTB!
Quickly scanned the sched - Wiz, Big Sean, Rakim, Ms. Lauryn, KRS, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu Tang, Snoop... I felt like a little kid in a candy store! The concert area was huge. I could see the main stage in the distance and as I walked over I passed the freestyle session, breakdancing platform, tons of food and souvenit vendors and long lines of people waiting to get bands so they could get their drink on.
Taking it all in, I started to make my way over to the main stage. "Hey, do you mind if I take a picture of you? I like that shirt!", she said in a British accent. I looked over, smiling. "Sure!", I said. Donned in my 'I ♥ HIP-HOP' tee, I snapped a few pics
After a little time at the 'Paid Dues' stage watching Big Sean, it was time for the main stage. Let the EPICness begin. Backstage was a zoo - Busta, Chris Rock, Yelawolf, Nelson George, Jay, Michael Ealy (read: "the light-skinned dude from Barber Shop), Alicia, Bey, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Jerry Wonda, Estelle - and the list goes on. My backstage escapades are a whole 'notha story but check my post on the concert here.
Hip-Hop was alive and well that night. Wu Tang was brilliant, but Tribe stole the show. Back to bumping Midnight Marauders...