In celebration of Hip Hop turning 50 this year, the unique cruise experience will be brought to life in partnership with Sixthman, and Norwegian Pearl will set sail from Miami to the Bahamas on November 13, 2023 for four nights until November 17, 2023.
Wednesday (January 25) LL COOL J and Rock The Bells unveiled the full lineup of artists. Rozay, Ghostface and Big Boi are joined by the likes of Lil Jon, DJ Jazzy Jeff, MC Lyte, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick and Too $hort.
Other names include Just Blaze, Mannie Fresh, Pete Rock, DJ Quik, EPMD, Bun B, Grandmaster Caz, DJ Scratch and more. Hosts on the cruise will be Roxanne Shanté and Torae.
It was previously announced that the guests will be welcomed to a kick-off party on the deck of the boat with a concert from Trina and Trick Daddy.
LL COOL J and Rock The Bells shared the lineup on Instagram with the caption, “From 50 years to forever! The sold-out Rock The Bells Cruise: A Hip-Hop Experience lineup is here!
“We’re bringing the celebration of Hip-Hop turning 50 to the high seas with Sixthman (the industry leader in unforgettable music festivals at sea) and bringing some of the best DJs, MCs and producers of all time with us.”
The caption added: “Whether you’re an East, West or South purist, this cruise has you covered. Ready to check out the lineup, get more information and join the waitlist? Visit RockTheBellsCruise.com!”
Tickets for the cruise are currently on sale with prices ranging from $800 up to over $5,000 per person depending on the package customers want.
There will be plenty of fun activities throughout the day for vacationers on the Miami to Bahamas voyage, which will include pool deck parties with Kid Capri, DJ battles, rap karaoke, interactive graffiti, podcasts, roller skating, open mic nights , movie screenings , art galleries, tattoos, basketball and Bun B’s Trill Mealz Food Court.
LL COOL J founded Rock The Bells in 2018 with a focus on elevating the culture and elements of Hip Hop. The brand uses content, merchandising, merchandise and various experiences, such as the upcoming inaugural festival, to remind fans where Hip Hop came from.
The label’s name derives from LL COOL J’s 1985 hit “Rock The Bells,” and the rap icon had to take ownership back after another company used the name for their own festival in the mid-2000s.
In July, LL Cool J took to social media to explain why he founded Rock The Bells. “I founded @RockTheBells because I believe Hip Hop culture is not disposable,” he tweeted. “I also believe that true art/artists do not have an expiration date.”