Taking sides: The hip-hop classic we're most looking forward to at Rock the Bells
This year's edition of Rock the Bells is top-heavy with nostalgia. The annual hip-hop mega-festival features a whopping six full-album performances of genre classics. While this certainly isn't our favorite exercise, it still got us thinking about which one of these albums we're most looking forward to hearing on Sunday. Vote in the poll below and see our picks after the jump.
Chris Richards: Unlike Katy Perry, I didn't discover Snoop Dogg via Wikipedia. (Does that make me more of a California Gurl than her?) And while I didn't have a jeep, or even a driver's license, when Snoop dropped "Doggystyle" in 1993, I predict that this is the RTB performance that will come off best. But make no mistake, I still think these playing-the-album concerts are stifling and stupid. Was I the only one relieved to hear that Lauryn Hill wouldn't be performing "Miseducation" from top to bottom?
Allison Stewart: I'm gonna go with Snoop on this one. I've always had a fondness for him, though there is absolutely no practical basis for this. He's aged better, in most every sense of the word, than the other acts (Rakim excepted). And I think Snoop will be the happiest to be there. Assuming he actually knows where he is; this is not a given.
Aaron Leitko: Wu-Tang Clan, "Enter the 36 Chambers," no question. It's cinematic, dark, and heavy. Also, it's probably the most sing-along-able of the pack, right? And, I think it's probably aged better than a few of the others. It's going to be hard to pull it off without Dirty, though. Hopefully his first born son is up to the task. "Doggystyle" seems like it would be a bit of a snore live, just because it's all G-Funk. Also, I don't believe that Snoop will remember all/any of his verses.
David Malitz: Well it looks like we are nearly unanimous on this one. "Doggystyle" isn't my favorite of the albums that will be performed but the prospect of seeing Snoop ditch the cartoon-character persona that he's inhabited for the past decade and return to his youthful gangsta ways is pretty exciting. If he pulls this performance off, I think it will feel the most victorious.
August 26, 2010; 1:02 PM ET
Categories: Taking sides | Tags: A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, Rakim, Rock The Bells, Slick Rick, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan
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