LL Cool J has announced that his Rock The Bells Festival is returning this summer to celebrate 50 years of hip-hop. The legendary rapper confirmed the details in a pair of Instagram posts over the weekend.
“I wanted to tell you personally [that on] Saturday, August 5th, Rock The Bells Festival is back,” LL Cool J said in a video on Instagram. He then referenced the opening lyrics to his 1990 smash hit “Mama Said Knock You Out." He joked, “Well, you can’t call it a comeback."
LL Cool J At Rock The Bells 2022
In another post, he confirmed that the festival will be returning to Forest Hills, Queens. “It’s truly an honor to bring the Rock The Bells Festival to Forest Hills, Queens for a second year. Line up announcement coming soon. We’re celebrating 50 years baby! Trust your man. You should get your tickets now. Link in bio. #RockTheBellsFestival #RockTheBells #RTB50,” he wrote in the caption. He also revealed that tickets are available now, but didn't provide which artists will be featured on the lineup. More information can be found here.
Ahead of last year's festival, LL Cool J explained that he launched the festival in an effort to "show love" to the community. “This festival is my way of showing love to the community of Hip Hop and celebrating the incredible journey this culture has taken, going from DJ Kool Herc’s Sedgwick Avenue rec room, to the global phenomenon we all cherish today,” LL COOL J said in a statement at the time. “Getting to bring some of the most iconic and influential Hip-Hop artists to the same stage, in my hometown and the city that started it all, is an honor and I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have in store for them.” He first launched Rock The Bells back in 2018. The name is a reference to his 1985 hit song of the same title.
The Rock The Bells Announcement