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Rock The Bells 2012 Lineup Announced: Best Hip Hop Show Ever? (PHOTOS)

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First Posted: 05/16/2012 9:50 pm Updated: 05/17/2012 4:05 pm

There comes a time in every music festival's life when its organizers decide to go big.

For nearly a decade, the lineup at each successive iteration of the annual Rock the Bells festival seems to have gotten more and more audacious, the 2012 festival may take the cake.

(SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOS AND LINEUP)

This year, they're bringing out hip-hop royalty like Nas, Ice Cube, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (performing the entirety of "E. 1999 Eternal"), Naughty By Nature, Salt-N-Pepa, Redman and Method Man (performing the entirety of "Blackout"), Missy Elliot and Timbaland (performing together), local heroes E-40 and Too $hort (performing together!) and the RZA.

Did we mention Delton 3030 is performing too? That's Del the Funky Homosapien, Kid Koala and Dan the Automator's visionary sci-fi hip-hop project. And, yes, it's pretty much the greatest thing ever.

Combine that with upstarts like A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar and you've got the makings of one epically massive show.

SF Weekly notes:

What could have been a formulaic festival rife for parody posters like Coachella actually made some surprising moves. This year's biggest curveball has to be the inclusion of DJ Lance Rock and Friends, best known to your little sister or cousin as the mixmaster on Yo Gabba Gabba!

The show comes to the Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre on August 25th and 26th. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

Check out this slideshow of some of the artists performing:

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  • Big Daddy Kane

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nostri-imago/3002051136/" target="_hplink">Flickr: Cliff1066tm</a>

  • Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lilbizznez/2749479654/sizes/m/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr: Lil Bizznez</a>

  • Deltron 3030

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/flowizm/183842856/" target="_hplink">Flickr: Flowzim</a>

  • E-40

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gamerscore/1403552145/" target="_hplink">Flickr: Gamescore Blog</a>

  • Too $hort

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/globalgoodgroup/6255291236/" target="_hplink">Flickr: Global Good Group</a>

  • Ice Cube

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/evarinaldiphotography/6934142974/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr: Eva Rinaldi Celebrity</a>

  • Kid Cudi

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thecomeupshow/6154009496/" target="_hplink">Flickr: thecomeupshow</a>

  • Salt-N-Peppa

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/janet/3892124468/" target="_hplink">Flickr: Janet Lackey</a>

  • Method Man

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thecomeupshow/5583563871/" target="_hplink">flickr thecomeupshow</a>

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