Video: FSD’s Coverage of Rock The Bells 2009 in Chicago

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Buckshot & KRS-One – “How Many MCs” x “Robot” (The Real D.O.A.)

The Rock The Bells 2009 kick-off in Chicago definitely did not disappoint. From Slaughterhouse to M.O.P. to Busta Rhymes to Nas & Damien Marley, the bill was packed with so many dope artists it was hard to balance them all out and bounce between both stages.

I only took minimal footage yesterday as I wasn’t really working, but more just being a fan and checking out some of hip hop’s greatest acts from all eras.

Some of the standouts of the day would be Buckshot’s set which featured Kidz In The Hall and KRS-One all sharing the same stage. Buck & Kris even performed “Robot”, which they are calling the “Real Death of Autotune” from their upcoming album, Survival Skills.

Slaughterhouse also killed it and they truly had the power of the crowd behind them. You know you’re onto something when 14 year old Suburban kids know every lyric to a song that leaked two weeks ago. Also, shouts to Crooked I and Joell Ortiz who were cool as hell and showed FSD some major love.

As far as the main stage was concerned, the ultimate moment for me was when Busta Rhymes brought out M.O.P. for the “Ante Up (Remix)”. And don’t get it twisted, the boys from MO-P are super down to earth and hung out with fans and in the crowd throughout the day (as did a handful of artists). The only act that I really wanted to see but missed was Big Boi. He was on at the same time as Raekwon and GZA, and you know I wasn’t going to miss the Wu, especially two of my favorite members.

I only took footage from the Paid Dues stage, and just filmed the Buckshot, Rae and GZA portions. I’m sure other footage will surface at some point. Hit the jump for more vids.


Kidz In The Hall – “Drivin’ Down The Block”

Raekwon – “C.R.E.A.M.”

GZA – “Liquid Swords”

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