Thousands of fans turned out to support third annual
Roots Picnic yesterday (June 5th) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A number of top
acts performed in support of The Roots annual, all-day festival, including The
Roots, John Legend, Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Electronica, Money Making Jam Boys, Nneka,
Vampire Weekend, Peedi Crakk and others. Heres a quick recap of The Roots
A variety of artists performed, including Res. That was
interesting, because she tweeted Questlove about wanting to perform and he
replied that they booked the concert a year in advance.
Nneka looked very into her performance. She’s
so pretty it was hard to turn away from her while she was singing. One of her
last songs was titled Heartbeat??? Its rumored that Nas is going to spit a
verse on it. Rumor or fact? Dunno….
The Money Making Jam Boys consists of Dice Raw,
Black Thought, PORN and Truck North. They rocked the crowd with the assistance
of Peedi Crakk.
Electronica rocked the crowd with some beats courtesy of J. Dilla. He
also did his original tracks and ended each song with an acapella. Jay
Electronica got the crowdy hype and he went it..literally.
Jeff Djing & Questlove on the drums. This was a dope set. More old
school hip hop and they showed all the youngins their favorite songs really are
sampled from older songs. Jazzy went in!
The Roots, didn’t do that many originals well
at least not the ones I thought they would. Black Thought was good. Their live
band was killer, which included a guy walking around the stage getting down with
a tuba. The Roots brought out John Legend, who is featured on their new album
How I Got Over. He did a few original tunes too.
The Roots and Method Man, Raekwon and Ghostface
– Killer set. Hearing The Roots play the Wu-Tangs original tracks was
nothing short of amazing. The highlight of the show was when Method Man jumped
in the crowd. He was literally trying to stand on two peoples hands like a
cheerleader and almost lost his life. Ghostface gave a moving, humorous tribute
to the Philadelphia sports teams, including The Flyers, who are playing in this
years Stanley Cup.
Clipse – Their performance was mad delayed and their sound wasn’t on
point. Pusha’s mic was all off. They did a few jams especially my favorites from
Hell Hath No Fury, like “Keys Open Doors” and “Ride Around Shining.” People were
were definitely messing with it. But before their last song, Vampire Weekend
started on the main stage. Wo it was a battle and The Clipse got a little mad.
Vampire Weekend – I love his voice. Was a big
fan before, so its nice to hear they sound the same live.
The Very Best, with radioclit
and Esau Mwaya came out and did Electro and Afropop.
They had fly dancers, and the crowd was jammin despite not knowing the words.
Seriously NO one knew what they were saying, but everyone was so with it! My
favorite is their song “Julia Julia” which they just did a video for a few weeks
Mayer Hawthorne from Detroit, came
out with a big band (full suits) and did a swing twist on songs and original
s**t. The crowd couldn’t stop the music from taking over their limbs and it was
also a good twist in the lineup, because the crowd was diverse so the older
heads got to dance in a way that didn’t include pelvic thrust or jumping up and