Hip-hop newcomers, veterans, and even the deceased, aligned for this year's Rock the Bells festival returning back to the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA Saturday (Sept. 7). With more than two dozen acts on the bill, day one was all about shuffling between three stages to see the likes of Common, Chief Keef, Earl Sweatshirt, Riff Raff, Pusha T, Hit-Boy, Big K.R.I.T. Black Hippy, plus the heavily anticipated Eazy-E hologram performance helmed by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
Among the lineup Keef, 18, made for a big draw as a upcoming artist, being that the Chicago native was a no show last year, and has had a bunch of legal drama as of late. He took the Fools Gold stage supported by tons of hype men but lacked enough enthusiasm, even during "I Don't Like," to hold the crowd too long after Earl Sweatshirt's run on the rival Hip Hop DX stage.
But the night really belonged to Eazy-E.