WANTAGH, New York — It was musical, it was nostalgic, but most important, it was not violent. Guerilla Union held their annual Rock the Bells show Sunday at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater as part of the yearly tour. Going into the show, there had been heavy tension involving two of the acts, the [artist id="1025"]Wu-Tang Clan[/artist] and [artist id="1618417"]Slaughterhouse[/artist].
Slaughterhouse’s Joe Budden had been involved in a back-and-forth with Method Man and Inspectah Deck for weeks. Although Deck and Meth were not officially on the Rock the Bells bill, it was no surprise when both appeared at Jones Beach to support RZA and Raekwon, who were slated to perform.
The Clan brought the ruckus, not the ignorance. They rocked the theater with a catalog of hits and didn’t waste time dissing Slaughterhouse. At the end of the performance, Meth told the crowd no one in the rap game could touch him or his brothers.
“Can’t nobody touch the legacy,” Meth boasted. “Our track record speaks louder than any of them mutha—-as.”
Between the end of Wu’s set and the beginning of Slaughterhouse’s, Method Man and Joe Budden were seen walking together in the parking lot. The two took their time quashing the beef.
When Slaughterhouse, which also includes Royce da 5’9″, Joell Ortiz and Crooked I, took the stage, they publicly announced the end of the short-term feud.
“It will never be a beef with Wu-Tang clan,” Royce said. He then revealed the convo between Meth and Budden, saying the situation was “squashed.”
But Rock the Bells wasn’t just about them. Other performers included Big Boi, Common, Black Star, the Roots, Buckshot and headliners Nas and Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley.
Nas started his set with classics like “N.Y. State of Mind,” then shared the stage with Jr. Gong. Nas kicked familiar verses (his rhymes off “The Message” and reggae-inspired hip-hop tracks like Shyne’s “Bad Boyz”), and Jr. Gong came back doing his reggae chats over some of Nas’ beats, including “Represent.”
The rapper also brought out AZ for “Phone Tap” and “Life’s a Bitch.” Then he let D-Block have their own mini-set, highlighted by “Good Times,” “Wild Out,” “Who’s Real” and Jadakiss’ duet with Nas, “What If.”