Photo Essay: Rock The Bells 2011

Photo Essay: Rock The Bells 2011

August marked the start of one of independent and underground’s most-coveted events. Each year tens of thousands of fans flock to cities around the country to bare witness to what is without a doubt the most-massive and impressive display of hip hop performances.

Rock The Bells has become a milestone for which other festivals are measured by, and yet remains deeply-rooted in hip hop culture in a way that no other music festival is. aboveGround sent photographers to three of the four Rock The Bells stops to capture the performances and the scenery at each of these magnificent events. We’ll be updating this photo essay with each of the events that our staff took part in.

Talib Kweli at Rock The Bells
Mos Def at Rock The Bells
Erykah Badu at Rock The Bells
Black Star and Common at Rock The Bells
Lauryn Hill at Rock The Bells
Curren$y at Rock The Bells
RZA and Wu-Tang at Rock The Bells
Nas at Rock The Bells
Rock The Bells LA: August 20, 2011
Fashawn at Rock The Bells
Common at Rock The Bells
Blu at Rock The Bells

All photography from Rock The Bells LA courtesy and copyright, Shante Gillette Photography.

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