Dallas Penn’s Rock The Bells Recap

Yesterday, Internets Celebrity Dallas Penn sent out this tweet early in the afternoon, so I tried putting him in contact with the right people over @ Guerilla Union who would be able to get him not only inside the festival, but hopefully, close enough for him to be able to do his thing for les internets, and possibly get footage of this historic day.

Sadly, it didn’t happen, but he did manage to find his way in on his own. Below is an account of the events going on both inside and outside the concert (after the jump.) accompanied by the above video for people who aren’t into reading his long-ass blog drop.

Previously: Rock The Bells @ Governor’s Island, NY (PICS)

N8,
Your homey Derek wasn’t able to put me on the list. But since I took this godforsaken ferry to this island I wasn’t about to be shut down for a lack of a credentials. Here’s my recap of the shit I did get to do at Rock The Bells…

Rock The Bells is the most gonzo retarded way to experience a rap concert. Its an all day buffet of some of Hip-Hop’s most longstanding, established acts along with some of the most notoriously obscure.

Obscure in the sense that only Dart Adams would know of all the artists on the Paid Dues stage. But even the upcoming and underground acts on the second stage of this festival had hardbody followings. I still haven’t listened to Wiz Khalifa but my homeys that caught his set tell me a star was born on Governor’s Island.

I was too busy trying to get backstage during the Lauryn Hill set. The backstage area was a zoo filled with the who’s who of (old head) Hip-Hop. If you released a record in the 1990s this was like your class reunion. Provided you were still alive of course. I was a little frightened that the A Tribe Called Quest set was going to be a Phife memorial since there was a grip of folks walking around with t-shirts with his face emblazoned on them. It turns out that the shirts were only promo for his new album. Whew. Nowadays the biggest news from my era of the culture is usually the death of an artist.

The ATCQ and Wu-Tang sets were my reason for venturing out to the festival. I can’t do these all day concert events any longer especially if I’m not using any drugs and I was going into this one completely sober. I needed to have all my wits about me since I didn’t have a press credential or even a ticket for that matter.

Nation hooked me up with a contact from the concert promoters but the contact ended up being an intern with no juice so I was stuck outside of the venue. You have to cross New York Harbor in a ferryboat to get to Governor’s Island and I wasn’t about to quit at this point. What I should have done was to ride the big homey 88 Keys coattails when I had the chance. With the closing of Fat Beats the culture will be looking for a new model on how to Percee P the game. I’m nominating 88, who had his Polo Sport backpack filled with CDs for sale.

It really didn’t look like I was going to get inside of the concert. I got desperate as I heard Lauryn Hill open her set on the main stage. It was time for me to make a move. And right on cue I saw my opening which was one of the event coordinators bringing in some of his peoples. I slipped in with that mini entourage and that put me into the festival. Rock The Bells makes money hand over fist on tickets, merchandise and concessions. This is the only way the promoters could afford to pay for acts like Lauryn Hill. Excuse me, MISS Lauryn Hill. I fux with Lauryn Hill, but at what point is she gonna allow people to call her MRS? She does have like nine kids.

The next step was to establish the easiest route to the backstage area. I did this by walking as close as possible to the front of the stage. Along the way I had to chop it up with a few heads who hollered at the kid. Hip-Hop discussions abounded as did recaps of the previous acts. Everyone lauded Slick Rick. KRS-1 not so much. I have a feeling why too. KRS-1 stay preaching to motherfuckers. Just do the hits old man, school doesn’t start until after Labor Day (at least here in NYC). I also ran into Torae. That is one cool dude. Mental note is for me to download, er, purchase ‘Double Barrel’.

I found my route to the backstage area and as I dove in I bumped into NoHa from DuckDown Records. How sick is it that DuckDown Records is still around doing their thing? Part of the reason is the work ethic of Buckshot and DruHa along with the grind of Sean Price, Rock, Smif N Wessun and the other acts associated with the label. From day one DuckDown has given street cred to backpack rap fans and now they are the leaders in creating quality boom bap dinosaur rap. Jurassic bastids.

I don’t want to waste your time with telling you about all the people who were backstage. Its meaningless to say anything more than the line EVERYBODY and they momma. Shout out to Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s mom, and Phife’s mom and my mom. My mother wasn’t at Rock The Bells but I just wanted to shout her out because I love her and there is nothing in the universe more Hip-Hop than loving your mother and smacking earth, wind and fire from the mouths of bitches.

Here’s my recap from the two acts that I saw at the Rock The Bells festival… The A Tribe Called Quest set was official tissue. And most importantly, Phife Dawg is very much NOT dead, no matter what TWitter says. The Wu-Tang set was hoodniggafabulous. Thousands of dudes crowded the stage and smoked weed during their performance. Ason Jones eldest son put down a fitting tribute to his father. Hip-Hop is not dead. Rock The Bells, and all the white who bought tickets, merchandise and concessions are saving Hip-Hop.

-Dallas, dallaspenn.com


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36 Responses to “Dallas Penn’s Rock The Bells Recap”

  1. hl Says:

    That girl on the screen shot is cute as hell.

  2. Tony Grands™ Says:

    Internets FTW!

  3. abortatron Says:

    Hip-Hop is not dead.

    ^
    word?

  4. why? Says:

    Hip-Hop is not dead.

    ^
    Its zombie status…

  5. abortatron Says:

    anyone hip to Mr. Lif ? mc from boston?

  6. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    I wanna be like Dallas Penn when I grow up.

    Only 120lbs. lighter.

  7. Dart_Adams Says:

    That’s official right there. I thought Kathy Iandolini was kidding about who was there. I sit corrected. Damb.

    One.

  8. why? Says:

    villageslum.com/photos/?p=3260

    ^

    SMH at the pic of Q-tip throwing up the W and people looking at him like what the fuck is he doing?

    Hip Hop fans…

    I bet most of them have a blog.

  9. Tony Grands™ Says:

    Sean P & Dallas P are brothers. You ain’t heard it from me.

  10. C. Dufflebags Says:

    that new nas freestyle is nice

  11. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Hip Hop fans…

    I bet most of them have a blog.
    =====================
    LOL

    Hip Hop blogs are the new personalized belt buckle.

  12. why? Says:

    Everyone lauded Slick Rick. KRS-1 not so much. I have a feeling why too. KRS-1 stay preaching to motherfuckers. Just do the hits old man

    ^

    SMH seriously somebody needs to tell Land’s dad to STFU.

  13. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    SMH seriously somebody needs to tell Land’s dad to STFU.
    ====================================
    ROFL

    And just think about it…KRS isn’t even close to 60 yet.

    And you thought Bill Cosby was crotchety. Wait till Mr. I Am Hip-Hop hits old man status for real.

  14. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Hip-Hop is not dead. Rock The Bells, and all the white who bought tickets, merchandise and concessions are saving Hip-Hop.
    =======================================
    Thank God for wiggers with disposable income.

    I salute you all.

  15. DP Says:

    AmpGeez,
    Wiggers are the white that can’t afford to move from a neighborhood once the first Black family moves in.

    The white that go to Rock The Bells are part of the Wu Stan Clan

  16. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    @ DP

    I stand corrected lol.

    Great footage too.

  17. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    “Yo Jay, that’s Chardonnay?”

  18. why? Says:

    Was this shit sponsored by Beats by Dre?

    SMH at 88 and Ali Shaheed.

  19. Hood Trill Stunting aka Trap Day Man Says:

    Nation hooked me up with a contact from the concert promoters but the contact ended up being an intern with no juice so I was stuck outside of the venue.

    ^
    smh @ believeing nate has skrong connects outside of baby usa.

  20. Tony Grands™ Says:

    And you thought Bill Cosby was crotchety. Wait till Mr. I Am Hip-Hop hits old man status for real.
    ===========

    Pants on the ground x 100000

  21. LC Says:

    “Chardonnay Jay!”

    @Amp that shit had me dying

  22. Mr.Londoner Says:

    chea!

  23. dockevoc Says:

    dog they were selling tix for 50 bucks, which you couldn’t afford, and discredit krs one cuz ‘everyone’ didn’t laud his performance? I saw it, and i don’t even like krs, and that shit was hot. hope you didn’t sprain your ankle hopping the turnstile to the train broke ass fuck

  24. spirit equality Says:

    all that weird sh*t dude typed about phife being dead was type disrespectful. i wonder why dudes on the internet type sideways like that all the time? it’s straight retarded. he knows damn well if phife died he’d hear about it before he saw dude’s face on a t shirt at a rap show, so why even type all that nonsense? SMH.

  25. Dallas Says:

    These last two commenters remind me of a Funkaqdelic song called ‘Jimmy’s Got A Little Bit Of Bitch In Him’.

    dockevoc,
    I would take out a second mortgage for YOU to say that shit to my face. You see what I look like you keyboard coward. Holler when you see me in the streets.

  26. dockevoc Says:

    dog, i’ve never fucking heard of you until two hours ago, never mind know what you look like…how about you look for me? i’ll be the one paying for my admission

  27. Dallas Says:

    I’m just fuxing with you dockevoc, keyboard cowards is my constituents. But seriosly tho’, stay anonymous faggert

  28. Dallas Says:

    No but really I’m just fuxing with you dockevoc. You right that I should’a just went out and paid for that shit

  29. slaughter BOSS Says:

    Comon dp why you takin the sterotyp thing in here? are you missin you storng ass arguments? look kid, if you take you mc donalds family menu away from you then you can act and speak more maturely how about that?
    and why are you wanna try to bring this word internets to the table? you wanna get the publishing for that? you can´t change this word that is floutin around for 30 years…move on fatboy.

  30. Yoohoo Says:

    slaughter BOSS Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 5:51 am
    Comon dp why you takin the sterotyp thing in here? are you missin you storng ass arguments? look kid, if you take you mc donalds family menu away from you then you can act and speak more maturely how about that?
    and why are you wanna try to bring this word internets to the table? you wanna get the publishing for that? you can´t change this word that is floutin around for 30 years…move on fatboy.

    2nd grade spelling-bee champ > slaughter BOSS

  31. ClarenceD Says:

    The show was live, I made the trip all the way up from DC..

    Tribe and Wu killed it

    and Lauryn was epic too

  32. slaughter BOSS Says:

    Yoohoo Says: 2nd grade spelling-bee champ > slaughter BOSS

    i gotta get my degreeee now YooohoeeeeeE

  33. dockevoc Says:

    whatever yo…i was just saying you shouldn’t give your opinion on shows you didn’t even see…and i figured if you took ‘blogging’ so seriously that you challenge readers to fights and call them faggots then you must see some kinda paper off of it, but i guess not, and after reading this ‘post’, it’s clear why

  34. Tony Grands™ Says:

    Damn, how the fuck did hostility start on a post about RTB? I smell spies in our midst.

  35. VEe! Says:

    Yeah, I’m broke too. Tight!

  36. Andre Says:

    Thousands of dudes crowded the stage and smoked weed during their performance.
    shout to dallas penn

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