Rock the Bells: Founder Chang Weisberg Talks Resurrecting Rappers ODB & Eazy-E

Rock the Bells is hip-hop’s premiere festival. The traveling fest — hitting San Bernardino, Calif.; Mountain View, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; Rutherford, N.J. this September — always promises a catch. In years past it’s been Lauryn Hill or Nas playing a seminal LP from their discography from start to finish, or a some sort of rap reunion. This year, for it’s 10th anniversary, Rock the Bells will resurrect two deceased rappers — Eazy-E and Ol’ Dirty Bastard — with their former acts — headliners Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Wu-Tang Clan, respectively — with hologram-like virtual performances. VIBE talks with founder Chang Weisberg, and members of this year’s lineup about what to expect at hip-hop’s hottest ticket.

Says Weisberg: “This year I said I didn’t want to have any preconceived themes. I just want to book the best possible talent, thinking about this represents our ten years, so a lot of the acts in the building have played the bill before, but there has to be a story…”