The touring hip-hop festival Rock The Bells announced the lineup for this year’s edition, and the bill is enough to make almost any fan of hip-hop over the last 20 years green with envy at the four lucky cities that get to experience it. Last year’s festival saw Snoop Dogg performing his breakthrough album Doggystyle in it’s entirety and A Tribe Called Quest doing Midnight Marauders. This year’s festival expands upon the full albums concept by having even more artists reliving some of their most influential moments.

Headlining the festival is Ms. Lauryn Hill, who will be performing her highly successful and well respected The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Joining her will be Nas, who will bring his debut album Illmatic to the stage after years of refusing to do it through other mediums. In the festival’s press release, Nas was quoted as saying  “For years people have been asking me to do Illmatic in so many ways, from stage plays to movies to books, but the time wasn’t right. Where music is going now, the time is right. This will be my biggest production and it only makes sense to do it on the best rap tour which also happens to be a brand I’ve built and am a partner in.” Joining them in the full album motif are Cypress Hill performing Black Sunday, Raekwon and Ghostface to do Raekwon’s classic Only Built For Cuban Linx, Mobb Deep performing The Infamous, GZA performing Liquid Swords, as well as several other acts.

Perhaps the most exciting announcement is Mos Def and Talib Kweli performing under the Black Star moniker for the first time in many years to do their classic 1998 album Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star. Though a follow-up album has only been hinted at through Kweli playing a new track at a show in Houston last year, as well as an alleged new song released earlier this year that has not been confirmed by either member, it will be interesting to see if the two will take the opportunity to put the questions to rest and perform new material together.

Also on the tour are several influential talents and rising stars in the underground and indie rap scenes, including the legendary Erykah Badu, conscious rap god figure Immortal Technique, blog favorites Curren$y and Freddie Gibbs, and Community star Donald Glover taking on his Childish Gambino alter ego.

While the line-up looks stellar, the only downside to the festival is that it only has four stops, none of which even come close to Texas. The dates are as follows:

Aug. 20: San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
Aug. 27 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sept. 3 New York, NY – Governor’s Island
Sept. 10 Boston, MA

Here’s hoping the festival grows to the point where it can make more stops and bring quality hip-hop to the masses.