The annual hip-hop festival Rock The Bells is coming through the tri-state area this fall with a top-notch line-up, celebrating its 10-year anniversary in a big way. Stopping in four cities with over 50 acts, the festival means serious business. Serious hip hop business. The festival is saving the best for last (no bias) by stopping in the tri-state on October 4 & 5. The show will take place in New Jersey at the Meadowlands Racetrack.
During this eargasmic experience, fans will get to witness all the different shades of hip hop. There will be the current heavy-hitters such as J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Wale, and Big Sean rolling through to hype the crowd, and old school legends such as Wu-Tang Clan, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, KRS-One, Slick Rick, and Doug E Fresh will be performing as well, filling the air with the nostaglic sounds of yesteryear.You’ll also be able to catch some new up-and-comers such as Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, and Hit-Boy. To mix it up just a little bit, a electro hip-hop deejay/producer Pretty Lights and mash-up deejay Girl Talk will be performing as well. However, these are just a couple of the vast amount of artists that will be at Rock the Bells.
Women everywhere love wearing the chic, sophisticated, and edgy clothing that Haute Hippie has to offer; because it makes them feel great about themselves. However, many may be unaware that Haute Hippie CEO Jesse Cole brings that same feeling to children and families visiting the Ronald McDonald House in Manhattan, as the Chairman of the Board of Associates.
Growing up on East End Avenue, Cole passed the Ronald McDonald House everyday and noticed the children were different, and was intrigued to find out why. Never acting on that instinct until one day Cole was airlifted to the hospital after a bad lacrosse injury. He shared the hospital with another young man, named David from Virginia, who was going to have a cancerous tumor removed from his leg.
A weekend in Las Vegas always promises nights of bottle-popping debauchery and mischief, but when New Years Eve comes around, this playground for adults takes its musical madness to a whole new level. Party amongst the biggest DJs in the world, Hollywood stars, and Hip Hop's hottest artists around America's playground, Sin City! Check out our picks below and for more hot parties visit here.
Marquee Nightclub New Year’s Eve Weekend
Last night, Jay-Z hosted the Grand Opening for his new 40/40 Club at The Barclays Center. Joining him at the event were big name celebs and a handful of gifted athletes. Rihanna, J Cole, and Questlove were in attendance, as well as a handful of players from the Brooklyn Nets. The new dad was all smiles at the event, excited to bring some happiness to Brooklyn.
Hot 97 has announced its Summer Jam 2012 lineup. Artists include Nicki Minaj, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross & Maybach Music, J. Cole, Meek, Mill, DJ Khaled, Big Sean, Trey Songz, Tyga, and many more!
The fall is typically a healthy time for music releases, as labels like to have the shelves of record stores (those still exist!?) stocked to the brim for the holiday season. Whether you're making the dangerous trek out to a local CD retailer or shopping on iTunes from the security of your futon, here are some big releases dropping in the coming weeks.
Out this week:
Blink-182 - Neighborhoods
The grand return of the godfathers of pop-punk, Neighborhoods marks Blink-182's first proper release since 2003. During their hiatus, Mark Hoppus, Tom Delonge, and Travis Barker have all been to alot of different places, both musically (side bands +44 and Angels and Airwaves) and spiritually (marriages, children, Barker's almost-fatal plane crash). All of that shows on record, resulting the most varied and mature effort of the band's career. As a testament to Blink's legacy, two other major pop-punk albums hit stores this week. This Time Next Year and Man Overboard both turned in incredibly solid records, and judging by the sounds of things, it's more than likely some of their members first picked up a guitar after seeing the Mark, Tom, and Travis show.
Max B, who is currently doing 75 years in prison on robbery and murder charges, may be getting bail courtesy of G-unit.
The Harlem Rapper was a co-writer on J.Cole's popular song 'We Fly High,' and has also had affiliation with The Diplomats including rappers, Jim Jones and Cam'Ron. Before the release of Max's debut album, Vigilante Season, he was sentenced in Bergen County Jail for related charges, including 9 of the 11 counts in the ongoing trial. He was granted an appeal with a new trial and a new lawyer on March 19, 2010. There hasn't been word about the case or the rapper until yesterday, when a very close source to the artist revealed his possible break from the pen.
The Sunday Snapshot:
The festival set-up, sound and acoustics, as well as operations were extremely professional. It's obvious they have done this before. I loved how they had two stages by each other with back-to-back shows. I parked it at the Budweiser/Playstation stages for most of the weekend due to the line up, but it was incredible to see 10,000 people stacked to see the headliners on the BMI stage. Kudos Lolla.
Sunday Musical Delights & Awards:
Chiddy Bang: Award for Band Best Listened on a CD. I was personally pumped to see Chiddy play. My friends produce their music videos and I have been rocking to their cool remixes/raps for a bit now. Think, Girl Talk meets Drake for their vibe. I was sadly disappointed in the live bit, but I still like them a lot. But the electronic Perry’s stage was a sick addition to the festival. We would be visiting again.
Here is what we loved most about Saturday at Lollapalooza 2010. I wish I was still there!
In addition to the green scene at Grant Park, there were some really cool sponsorship and brand presence situations in the mix. Toyota was giving away cold bandanas and headbands (much needed with the hot temperatures). They always had a line to their tent, which I’m sure got them some good exposure. Another great sponsor was the water filling stations; I know I spent a lot of time here. AOL provided free WiFi, for those of us working during the festival, this was clutch. A fun one was the Q101 Hammock Station, where you could actually take a break and lay in the hammocks for a bit. It’s always enjoyable to see brands and companies giving out products and services that are super beneficial to the festival goer. Giving a consumer something they can really use during the weekend is really going to stand out for marketing purposes.
Completely pumped for this festival, Lollapalooza managed to blow me away. Not only with the talent they had this year, but as an event planner, I was even more impressed with the set-up and operations they had in place. If you missed our live Tweets from the festival here are some tasty tidbits from the weekend. Catch us tomorrow for Saturday's recap:
We arrived in Chicago around 7am from New York, took a nap, and proceeded to the event around 4pm. Other than grabbing my media pass (which was like a mile away from the entrance) I was immediately impressed.