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Hip-hop is in a constant state of metamorphosis, finding new ways to reinvent itself with each passing era. However, there’s no denying the golden age from the mid ’80s to late ’90s that helped solidify rap as the most lucrative genre in music today.

That legacy was honored to the highest degree in New York City this past Saturday (Aug 6) as rap legend LL Cool J officially revived the long-running Rock The Bells Festival in his hometown of Queens with help from a handful of other masters behind the mic that assisted in making hip-hop history once again.


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While it definitely occurred on one of the hottest days the Big Apple has seen this summer, RTB Fest 2022 proved to be worth the new tan lines and never ending beads of sweat produced by everyone who packed out the 13,000 capacity venue. From attendees getting their grub on in the hip-hop-themed Trill Mealz Food Court hosted by Southern rap king Bun B — his Trill Burgers were amazing! — to VIPs keeping it cool in lounge areas with a nonstop flow of alkaline water and games of cornhole, overall the stadium was filled with smiles of all ages from left to right.

That’s not even considering the actual performances!







 

Each act that touched the big stage at Forest Hills Stadium on Saturday performed like they knew it was for a special occasion. DJ Mister Cee assisted Queens native Large Professor in opening up the festivities, which was followed by back-to-back stage-rocking sets from the likes of Digable Planets, Onyx and Havoc with help from DJ Scratch, Rick Ross, Dipset’s own Cam’Ron, Juelz Santana and Jim Jones, Jadakiss alongside The LOX, N.O.R.E. with an assist from DJ Butchrock and his War Report partner Capone, Fat Joe and Remy Ma killing it side-by-side, Lil Kim looking phenomenal and bringing out the bro Lil Cease, Busta Rhymes and Spliff Star with easily the most eclectic set of the night and Ice Cube putting a stamp on his GOAT status all before an unforgettable headlining set from LL Cool J.

Getting help on the turntables from longtime associate DJ Z-Trip, the Mr. Smith emcee came out the gate with theatrics by literally rising from the floor only to be surrounded by pyrotechnics and visuals that lit up a still-packed stadium going into midnight. His set included a few surprises, from hosting a “live mixtape” that featured fellow early rap pioneers like Kool G Rap to a special “appearance” by pop diva Jennifer Lopez via a pre-recorded video of her singing their 2002 chart-topper “All I Have.”

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Overall, Rock The Bells Festival 2022 was one for the books that gave a reminder of where hip-hop is from and why you simply can’t forget the classics. We certainly won’t be forgetting this epic night in rap history any time soon, and absolutely can’t wait to do it all again. Until next year!

Take a look below at our exclusive view from Rock the Bells Festival 2022:

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Recap: LL Cool J Revives Rock The Bells Festival In NYC With A Star-Studded Lineup Of Rap Legends  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. Rick Ross

Rick Ross Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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2. Rock The Bells 2022 Attendees At Forest Hills Stadium

Rock The Bells 2022 Attendees At Forest Hills Stadium Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

Photo Credit: Keenan “HIGz” Higgins | Reach Media

3. Roxanne Shanté

Roxanne Shanté Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

Photo Credit: Keenan “HIGz” Higgins | Reach Media

4. Dipset Performing At Rock The Bells 2022

Dipset Performing At Rock The Bells 2022 Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

Photo Credit: Keenan “HIGz” Higgins | Reach Media

5. Jim Jones

Jim Jones Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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6. Juelz Santana and Jim Jones

Juelz Santana and Jim Jones Source:Zion Reid | Reach Media

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7. Cam’ron

Cam'ron Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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8. Juelz Santana

Juelz Santana Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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9. LL Cool J Receives A Key To The City Of Queens, New York

LL Cool J Receives A Key To The City Of Queens, New York Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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10. LL Cool J Receives The Key To Queens, New York

LL Cool J Receives The Key To Queens, New York Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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11. LL Cool J Awarded At Rock The Bells 2022

LL Cool J Awarded At Rock The Bells 2022 Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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12. Cam’ron

Cam'ron Source:other

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13. Jadakiss

Jadakiss Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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14. Jadakiss Gives Fellow LOX Members Styles P and Sheek Louch Their Flowers

Jadakiss Gives Fellow LOX Members Styles P and Sheek Louch Their Flowers Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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15. The LOX Salutes The Crowd At Rock The Bells 2022

The LOX Salutes The Crowd At Rock The Bells 2022 Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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16. Sheek Louch and Styles P

Sheek Louch and Styles P Source:Zion Reid | Reach Media

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17. Noreaga

Noreaga Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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18. Capone Joins Noreaga At Rock The Bells 2022

Capone Joins Noreaga At Rock The Bells 2022 Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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19. Fat Joe and Remy Ma

Fat Joe and Remy Ma Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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20. Remy Ma

Remy Ma Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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21. Remy Ma Performing At Rock The Bells 2022

Remy Ma Performing At Rock The Bells 2022 Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

Photo Credit: Keenan “HIGz” Higgins | Reach Media

22. Trina

Trina Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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23. Fat Joe

Fat Joe Source:Zion Reid | Reach Media

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24. Trill Mealz Food Court

Trill Mealz Food Court Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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25. Trill Mealz Food Court

Trill Mealz Food Court Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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26. Rock The Bells 2022 Lineup

Rock The Bells 2022 Lineup Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

Photo Credit: Keenan “HIGz” Higgins | Reach Media

27. Scarface

Scarface Source:Zion Reid | Reach Media

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28. Lil Kim Performs At Rock The Bells 2022

Lil Kim Performs At Rock The Bells 2022 Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

Photo Credit: Keenan “HIGz” Higgins | Reach Media

29. Lil Kim and Lil Cease

Lil Kim and Lil Cease Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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30. Lil Kim And Havoc Of Mobb Deep

Lil Kim And Havoc Of Mobb Deep Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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31. Lil Kim And Lil Cease of Junior M.A.F.I.A.

Lil Kim And Lil Cease of Junior M.A.F.I.A. Source:Zion Reid | Reach Media

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32. DJ Kid Capri

DJ Kid Capri Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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33. Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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34. Spliff Star and Busta Rhymes

Spliff Star and Busta Rhymes Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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35. Spliff Star and Busta Rhymes Perform at Rock The Bells 2022

Spliff Star and Busta Rhymes Perform at Rock The Bells 2022 Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

Photo Credit: Keenan “HIGz” Higgins | Reach Media

36. Busta Rhymes Pays Tribute To The Notorious B.I.G. At Rock The Bells 2022

Busta Rhymes Pays Tribute To The Notorious B.I.G. At Rock The Bells 2022 Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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37. The Crowd Still Going Wild Well Into Midnight At Rock The Bells 2022

The Crowd Still Going Wild Well Into Midnight At Rock The Bells 2022 Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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38. Rock The Bells 2022 At Forest Hills Stadium

Rock The Bells 2022 At Forest Hills Stadium Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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39. Ice Cube

Ice Cube Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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40. Ice Cube Performing at Rock The Bells 2022

Ice Cube Performing at Rock The Bells 2022 Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

Photo Credit: Keenan “HIGz” Higgins | Reach Media

41. Ice Cube Co-Headlining At Rock The Bells 2022

Ice Cube Co-Headlining At Rock The Bells 2022 Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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42. DJ Z-Trip

DJ Z-Trip Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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43. LL Cool J And DJ Z-Trip

LL Cool J And DJ Z-Trip Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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44. LL Cool J Arrives From The Stage At Rock The Bells 2022

LL Cool J Arrives From The Stage At Rock The Bells 2022 Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

Photo Credit: Keenan “HIGz” Higgins | Reach Media

45. LL Cool J

LL Cool J Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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46. LL Cool J Headlining Rock The Bells 2022

LL Cool J Headlining Rock The Bells 2022 Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

Photo Credit: Keenan “HIGz” Higgins | Reach Media

47. LL Cool J Live From Queens, New York At Rock The Bells 2022

LL Cool J Live From Queens, New York At Rock The Bells 2022 Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

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48. LL Cool J On Stage At Rock The Bells 2022

LL Cool J On Stage At Rock The Bells 2022 Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

Photo Credit: Keenan “HIGz” Higgins | Reach Media

49. LL Cool J Performs With Jennifer Lopez Virtually At Rock The Bells 2022

LL Cool J Performs With Jennifer Lopez Virtually At Rock The Bells 2022 Source:Keenan "HIGz" Higgins | Reach Media

Photo Credit: Keenan “HIGz” Higgins | Reach Media

50. Rock The Bells 2022

Rock The Bells 2022 Source:Zion Reid | Reach Media

Photo Credit: Zion Reid | Reach Media