Review: Rock the Bells at Randalls Is...

Review: Rock the Bells at Randalls Island

There are 44 comments on the Newsday story from Jul 29, 2007, titled Review: Rock the Bells at Randalls Island. In it, Newsday reports that:

Sorry, haters, hip-hop isn't dead. It may be in trouble, dogged by ongoing attacks on its language and imagery in the wake of Don Imus' racist remarks, as well as a 33 percent drop-off in the genre's sales for ...

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Gentleness in America

Astoria, NY

#21 Jul 30, 2007
dooder wrote:
For you disgusted citizens I find you disgusting and close minded. Go move to the bible red tape of your eyes belt
This has nothing to do with the Bible and everything to do with a decent, considered, educated citizenry who can communicate amonst themselves without foul language, insults, and inciting hatred.

If Martin Luther King used this kind of language, would he have been more or less effective? Did he have an open mind?
Kevuas

New Haven, CT

#22 Jul 30, 2007
That was by far the best concert I have ever witnessed. I love a lot of the opening bands, and I've seen many of them multiple times, but I have never seen or felt the experience that is Rage Against The Machine. It seemed as if there was a decade of anger built up and ready to explode when Rage took the stage.

My tired legs jumped and my dehydrated voice gasped for fresh air as I sang along with every Rage lyric.

Rage delivered energy and explosion as if they had never taken a break. This concert was one I will never ever forget.
Jared Marshall

Boston, MA

#23 Jul 30, 2007
Damn Wu Tang played Bring The Ruckus on the first day, I went on the second day and they didn't play it. That's the only song I really wanted to hear. Rage was absolutely incredible.
Peter

Harrisburg, PA

#24 Jul 30, 2007
It was an amazing concert - I was there on the 29th. No one can watch those MCs perform live and not think that they are all overflowing with talent. It's as simple as that.
useless old guy

Mahwah, NJ

#25 Jul 30, 2007
I didn't go and had vip tickets because the rain was so intense (was running late). You are a brave man.
Jay B

Toms River, NJ

#26 Jul 30, 2007
Message to the disgusted citizen of Flushing: Your ultraconservative bias towards the nuances of hip-hop music and culture especially regarding the lyrics is indeed quite narrow-minded. You are a part of a popular contingent of folks who see the commercial aspect of the culture today, which is sadly in a bad state of affairs due to many factors one being corporatism. I always wish y'all could read between the lines but you can't relate to the culture. I don't know much of you so I can't put it on a generation gap. Hip-hop culture started as a means for many different types of people to express themselves. To bring themselves up from the lowest of places, and that's where the bragadoccio comes from. No one thought we were special, so we made ourself special. Some rappers curse, some rappers don't. A rap record doesn't make a 12 year old shoot a cop. That 12 year old just didn't have any sense. When I was 12 I listened to the first N.W.A. record, and I had no desire to pick up a gat and shoot someone even though it was in my environment. Educate yourself of the culture and you'll be astonished to learn what we idiots can do.
Jr D

Rutland, MA

#28 Jul 31, 2007
What was the full list of songs that Wu performed on the first day? Im really just interested in knowing what song it was where Method Man stopped and said that the crowd wasn't ready for it.
RichDaKP
#29 Jul 31, 2007
36 year old here, but I was in that pit (Sunday Night) with all those young bucks, and I agree, it was an unbelievable experience. I don't even think my co-workers would begin to understand why I was even there. Rage remains as the best hardcore act out there. Sh*t, LaRoche sounded like he never stopped, and Morello's guitar skills are f*cking sick....SICK. The sounded so damn good. My ears are still ringing and I'm in pain still from that night. And it was the best concert I've been to in YEARS. And that includes 311 & Matisyahu last week, Velvet Revolver and Evanescence a couple of months ago, NIN and PearlJam last year. Ofcourse it helps when your favorite hip hop bands are in the show too. Cypress was my favorite, sounding crispy clear, they haven't lost a step. Closing with Rock Superstar was cool. Public Enemy are the U2 of Hip Hop, always hot, always relevant. Great energy all night, Method and the Wu did a nice job of remembering ODB. 5 stars for this one kid. Worth every dollar and I'd see it again...as soon as I start walking again, lol.

Oh by the way, ignore that fool talking about disgusting lyrics. A thousand years can pass before someone like can begin to understand anything hip hop. He might as well try to understand lyrics in Spanish! Tu no sabes de lo que hablas, bruto! Mejor te callas y esconda lo suyo.
RichDaKP
#30 Jul 31, 2007
Oh and for the record, I'm in Passaic County NJ, the UK is my job's comuter system. I tell ya, I came home covered in Mud, and soaked in rain and sweat. I got there late, missed the early acts, just in time to catch the end of Rakim's set. Weather? Time? Anyone who missed this concert (on Sunday, Saturday was sold out) had no excuse!
Achilles25

Richmond Hill, NY

#31 Jul 31, 2007
So I was lucky enough to go to the concert on sunday at Randall's, and, as most of these people have said -- it was simply fantastic. The artists were great and the ambiance in the crowd was just perfect. During breaks between sets, spaces opened up in the crowd and some guys jumped in and did a little breakdancing. Everyone was just happy to be there...

I have a question: toward the end of Boot Camp Clik's set they did a song that went somethink like "we got the 8 emcees, the 8 emcees..." (might've been "5 emcees" actually, I can't remember). Does anyone know what song that is?

P.S. Can't believe I missed talib doing Old School with Doom, that's crazy, i love that song!
JungleProfit10

Yonkers, NY

#32 Jul 31, 2007
This show was very entertaining and the people were in good spirits. Wish i could of barked louder!!! When will we start noticing how influential the clan really is... sure the crowd was a bit lacking in energy but the energy from Hot Nickle(Method Man) alone was enough to give this fan goosebumps.... Big ups to all the acts... Lets not forget the lyrically deep and mesmerizing Black Star.... Intellectual words over well produced beats. Marvelous!! The Pharoahe (Not mis-spelled, that's how he spells it) was his usual lyrical self... and HOW CAN WE NOT MENTION CYPRESS HILL!!! The Hill gave proof music is felt through and through, not only specific to coasts.... It was a great show... a great way to spend a nice Saturday afternoon listening to the music I grew up listening to. It was nostalgic yet very memorable in itself. All the acts conducted themselves well and their performances were fabulous. Big ups to all the acts and one last round of applause to them all. Hip Hop is still very relevant and is needed now more than ever... but as Mos Def(Half of Black Star) said, Rock holds the key to the future of Hip Hop, as seen in Rage's performance, that comment may never be more real than now.
***Ghost Town***
T-Roy

United States

#33 Aug 2, 2007
Hell yea! I was there both days and i drove from Wisconsin!!! Totally worth it, Best time of my life, and ive been to a good number of concerts!!
changa

Rensselaer, NY

#34 Aug 2, 2007
this show was off the chain
the iller review

Brooklyn, NY

#35 Aug 4, 2007
http://www.unkut.com has a better review.

Pharoahe Monch is not an up and comer! You suckahz!!!
SpeakEnglish

East Elmhurst, NY

#36 Aug 6, 2007
In a thousand years we hope people will be wiser and more civilized than the rappers' unconcionable language would suggest. And America's official language is English - properly spoken of course. Communicating in curses and insults or another language, unless the protocol of the Web site invites multilingual discourse, is not only rude, it is avoidance of the issues.

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Since: Apr 07

The Motherland

#38 Aug 6, 2007
SpeakEnglish wrote:
In a thousand years we hope people will be wiser and more civilized than the rappers' unconcionable language would suggest. And America's official language is English - properly spoken of course. Communicating in curses and insults or another language, unless the protocol of the Web site invites multilingual discourse, is not only rude, it is avoidance of the issues.
English is not the offical language bud, only in 30 states is it the official language. Your just mad that your bilingually challenged, get your biggitry close minded pasty face out of here
StopBigotry

East Elmhurst, NY

#39 Aug 6, 2007
DESTRO wrote:
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English is not the offical language bud, only in 30 states is it the official language. Your just mad that your bilingually challenged, get your biggitry close minded pasty face out of here
1) Actually, English IS language of our country - the only language. Multiligual countries are those such as Canada, Belgium, Switzerland. 2) I am not mad (you mean angry), just worried for our country because the youth (and some not so young) are being drugged, literally and figuratively, by the repulsive words permeating our airwaves at 120 dB. 3) And I speak three languages, am multicultural, and have lived and worked in many parts of the world. 4) I believe in peace and reconciliation, not hatred, and hope that your pseudonym as well as your being prone to insult instead of to converse is not the result of your listening too closely to these rappers.
StopBigotry

East Elmhurst, NY

#40 Aug 6, 2007
DESTRO wrote:
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English is not the offical language bud, only in 30 states is it the official language. Your just mad that your bilingually challenged, get your biggitry close minded pasty face out of here
BTW - there are over 300 languages spoken in the United States, but we are not officially a bilingual country. In Maine, for example, many speak French. The point is, it is not polite to change the language of an exchange, such as this, to put others down, nor is it appropriate to curse. Proof: the site is in English and beackons us to "be polite" ... read the fine print!

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Since: Apr 07

The Motherland

#41 Aug 6, 2007
StopBigotry wrote:
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1) Actually, English IS language of our country - the only language. Multiligual countries are those such as Canada, Belgium, Switzerland. 2) I am not mad (you mean angry), just worried for our country because the youth (and some not so young) are being drugged, literally and figuratively, by the repulsive words permeating our airwaves at 120 dB. 3) And I speak three languages, am multicultural, and have lived and worked in many parts of the world. 4) I believe in peace and reconciliation, not hatred, and hope that your pseudonym as well as your being prone to insult instead of to converse is not the result of your listening too closely to these rappers.
in fact it is the defacto language but 30 out of 50 doesnt make it official- and yes i passed judgement on you as you have in generalizing that all rap is repulsive. Dont listen to it and mind your own business because your opinion here doesnt matter.

violent by design- jedi minds baby!!!!!!!!!!

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Since: Apr 07

The Motherland

#42 Aug 6, 2007
StopBigotry wrote:
<quoted text>
BTW - there are over 300 languages spoken in the United States, but we are not officially a bilingual country. In Maine, for example, many speak French. The point is, it is not polite to change the language of an exchange, such as this, to put others down, nor is it appropriate to curse. Proof: the site is in English and beackons us to "be polite" ... read the fine print!
Be appropriate somewhere else. Go into your little box and put on one of your phish albums and keep away.

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