Based on the title, you expect to hear the famous Bob James "Take Me to the Mardi Gras
" sample on this track. Those breakbeat-friendly bells found their way to many hip-hop tracks of this era, including Run-DMC's "Peter Piper
" and Eric B and Rakim's "Don't Sweat the Technique."
This song, however, isn't about the actual bells of hip-hop, but about LL's dominance in the rap game, which he was never shy in expressing, even on this first album, Radio
. According to Mr. Cool J., the phrase "rock the bells" was a popular saying around his parts, and he thought it would make a good title.