.Why did promoters leave Missy Elliott, Common and Lupe Fiasco off their official website?
By DiMarkco Chandler
For those of you that do not know, Rock the Bells is an annual hip hop festival that first took place in San Bernardino, California on July 17, 2004. The concert usually features high-profile alternative hip hop artists with several mainstream headliners. This year, Rock the Bell 2012 is boasting a lineup featuring Missy Elliott, Timbaland and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony along with Kid Cudi, Nas, Atmosphere, Mac Miller, Common, A$AP, Rocky, Ice Cube, Deltron 3030 (Del, Dan the Automator, Kid koala), Method Man and Redman, The Hit Squad, Kendrick Lamar, Dipset, Tyga, Immortal Technique, 2 chainz, DJ Quik, Naughty By Nature, Big Daddy Kane, Salt-N-Pepa, Slick Rick, Prodigy, DJ Lance Rock and Friends, Yelawolf, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Murs, Fashawn, Zion-I, Grouch, Eligh, Dom Kennedy, Watsky and more to be announced.
Over all, this is a pretty impressive lineup right?
If you’re thinking yes, I would suggest you think again because there are several perhaps controversial issues with what “Rock the Bell” is advertising on their official website and what most outside sources are promoting. For one, if you take a look at their official website, you will not see Missy Elliott’s name anywhere on the flyer. Now that is not to say she will not be performing; however, she is arguably the biggest headlining artist on the tour. Why isn’t her name up there with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony or Timbaland, for that matter? Is there a problem, or is it just me?
They have also advertised on a number of websites and even on one festival flyer that Lupe Fiasco, the Chi-Town lyricist, would be performing in this year’s Rock the Bells 2012 and yet digg.com reports that Fiasco recently tweeted “that despite what was printed, he would not be in attendance this year.” “Not doing Rock The Bellz….thats a typo fam and friends….,” he wrote. Right now, these are legitimate questions that need a responsible answer, and I am asking the question. “Guerilla Union, and specifically, Chang Weisberg, what does all this mean?” And one more thing, presently, a number of media outlets are announcing that Common has been added to the Rock the Bells Tour. Will he be added to your official website, or will he tweet yet another typo?
Maybe we will have to wait until Rock the Bells show time, August 18 and 19, at Nos Events Center in San Bernardino, CA, or perhaps Guerilla Union will clear up this growing controversy.