Get ready for a summer full of H.W.A: Holograms With Attitude.
The touring hip-hop festival Rock the Bells announced its 10th-annual lineup, and a cursory perusal indicates it’s in line with previous iterations, with a mix of exciting new players (Earl Sweatshirt, Black Hippy, Flatbush Zombies) and venerable veterans (Jurassic 5, Common, Rakim).
That’s until get to the bottom of the list, however, and see that this year’s Rock the Bells will include not one but two holograms — Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E, to be specific. Way to bury the lede, Rock the Bells!
Billed as “special guests,” the resurrected late greats will offer up “original virtual performances,” whatever that means. ODB — also known as Big Baby Jesus and Dirt McGirt, among other names — will be hitting the stage with the rest of the Wu-Tang Clan, who are in the festival’s lineup. He died of a drug overdose in 2004. Eazy-E, was originally a member of gangsta-rap pioneers N.W.A., but he’ll be joining his mentees Bone Thugs N Harmony. That group’s 1996 hit “The Crossroads” was written in honor of Eazy-E, who died of complications from AIDS in 1995.
So, where can you catch these rapping apparitions? Rock the Bells will be taking place at the following dates:
9/07-08 – San Bernadino, CA @ San Miguel Amphitheater
9/14-15 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
9/28-29 – Washington, DC @ RFK Festival Grounds
10/04-05 – Rutherford, NJ @ Meadowlands Racetrack
Head to RtB’s official site for full lineup and more.