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Sunday’s Rock The Bells show at Merriweather is looking to be a defining moment in the future of the hip-hop tour. In the contracting entertainment market, the economy of scale may be the solution to present this many quality underground hip-hop acts on one stage. It also signals a new era where classic performers join up-and-comers for a true festival setting and culture celebration. And with today’s hip-hoppers being such a critical bunch, and its a nod to the state of the movement that a tour of this caliber and selling out dates and hitting so many cities.

There’s a definite buzz around many of the acts on this tour. Make sure you’re up to date on the latest before you pull up to Merriweather on Sunday:

Rakimis the new album finally on its way?

A Tribe Called QuestRock The Bells rehearsal video

Q-Tipa few things to say about the blogs and a new album (which he will be performing from with Phife Dawg, Jarobi and Ali Shaheed Muhammed)

Phife-Dawgresponsible for Lil Wayne’s A-Milli?

NasHitting the block for ColorOfChange.org and MoveOn.org… Not to mention a number one record!

MF-Doomhope he actually shows up, who knows maybe we can hear some of this new Dilla material

Mos Defdid he make the book?

You know what gave The Pharcyde the idea of getting back together? Tribe getting back together. That’s whats up.

New Raekwon!

MURS for President. Get that hat! Cop the new 9th wonder produced collabo!

Dead PrezM1 weighs in on the presidential election. First time voter??? and did a Real World alumni try to crash their set in Chicago??

Chance of rain???

See y’all sunday. Gates at 11!

My homey’s got a party bus leaving from in front the diner at 9:45… Holla if you need a seat!