AN BERNARDINO, California — Hip-hop is so spontaneous that you never know where a historic moment might take place. That wasn’t the case Saturday night, however: Guerilla Union informed all of us weeks ago that history would be made on August 21, 2010, in San Bernardino.
It was the kickoff of this year’s Rock the Bells Tour, and out of its six previous outings, this one was surely the most inspired and ambitious. The lineup was surreal and a fantasy wish list for hip-hop fans, including Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest, Slick Rick, Rakim, KRS-One and a returning Lauryn Hill.
Dope! No, this is beyond that. Unbelievable. And to raise the stakes on this outing, all the legendary artists would be performing a classic album from their catalogs. As for Ms. Hill, well, does it matter what she performs? Just seeing her for the first time in more than a decade (or for the first time period, as was the case for most fans at the concert) was a blessing. (Relive the Rock the Bells Tour kickoff minute-by-minute with our live blog over on RapFix!)
Hill stole our hearts in the mid-’90s, originally as part of the Fugees. In a genre dominated by masculinity, Lauryn stood out from her peers as rap’s most unique artist. She was astonishingly talented as a vocalist and as an MC, and she could do both seamlessly. The Fugees’ The Score made her an international phenomenon, and her solo debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, turned her into an instant legend. read more here