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Rock the Bells 2013 Lineup Features Holograms of Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E, Kid Cudi, Bodega Bamz + More

Rock the Bells
Rock the Bells

Hip-hop touring festival Rock the Bells will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year with all-star roster of rappers including Wu-Tang Clan, Common, Kid Cudi, Rakim, Big K.R.I.T., Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Tyler, the Creator.

But what will certainly have everyone talking at the event is the virtual appearance of late Wu-Tang rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard and late N.W.A. member Eazy-E. reports that a hologram of ODB will perform alongside the Wu-Tang Clan, while a virtual Eazy will appear when Bone Thugs-N-Harmony hits the stage. Both estates of Eazy and ODB approved the idea of having holograms at the festival.

Of course, the idea of having virtual performances of dead rappers is not new.

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg shocked audiences at the 2012 Coachella Music Festival when they resurrected Tupac Shakur for a brief but memorable performance. It was certainly one of the most surrealist moments in hip-hop history.

Let’s hope we’ll see some classic moments with the Eazy-E and Ol’ Dirty holograms at Rock the Bells.

As for the rest of the lineup, it boasts a mixture of underground and mainstream hip-hop stars. Artists performing at the event include Bodega Bamz, Black Hippy, Brother Ali, Curren$y, Danny Brown, Dilated Peoples, Dizzy Wright, Dom Kennedy, E-40 and Too Short, Earl Sweatshirt, Flatbush Zombies, Hit-Boy, Immortal Technique, Jhene Aiko, Juicy J, Jurassic 5, Lecrae, Show Tha Product, Supernatural, Talib Kweli and Tech N9ne.

Rock the Bells will take place on the following dates:

Sept. 7-8 — San Bernadino, Calif. | San Miguel Amphitheater
Sept. 14-15 — Mountain View, Calif. | Shoreline Amphitheater
Sept. 28-29 — Washington, DC | RFK Festival Grounds
Oct. 4-5 — Rutherford, N.J. | Meadowlands Racetrack

Rock the Bells lineup
Rock the Bells

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