Roots Picnic hip-hops and rocks with a Roots, Erykah Badu, and more
May 31, 2015 - Picnic Time
Long before they became late-night TV stars with Jimmy Fallon or were enshrined in a Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame – that happened Thursday – a Roots tasted mainstream success with “You Got Me,” a 1999 strike whose carol was sung by a then-hugely renouned neo-soul thespian named Erykah Badu.
On Saturday night during a ninth annual Roots Picnic during a sold-out Festival Pier, a Philly hip-hop heroes – who were introduced by Mayor Nutter – were reunited with Texas essence lady Badu, who jointly headlined a all-day event. Other marquee acts enclosed New York rapper A$AP Rocky, Canadian RB thespian a Weeknd, and indie-pop twin Phantogram.
Before rising into a pretension cut of their 2006 manuscript Game Theory, that proudly celebrates a band’s roots in “downtown Philly where it’s realer than a heart attack,” rapper Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter admitted that “anyone who knows anything about us knows there’s one thing we’re ardent about, and that is excellence.”
In that pursuit, a Roots were assisted by Badu, who assimilated a rope anchored by drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (and protracted by beat-boxer Jeremy Ellis), not so most as marquee special guest though some-more as an extended member of a Philadelphia hip-hop collective’s extended family.
With a fluffy Afro and dressed in a long, issuing robe, Badu came on about 15 mins into a headlining set, and her songs, such as “On On,” wove seamlessly in and out of jazzy Roots grooves like “Proceed” and “Mellow My Man.”
More considerable still, Badu’s “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)” sexlessly blended into Roots-ized versions of classics like Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message” and Kanye West’s “Gold Digger,” along with a warn opening by Philadelphia rapper Freeway and New York swat organisation a Lox.
The festival kicked off during lunchtime, with Questlove’s singing sister Donn T and Los Angeles songwriter Moses Sumney holding turns warming adult a early crowd.
By midafternoon, a Festival Pier drift – stretched this year to underline 3 stages, with a blacktop aspect mostly lonesome with silt and wooden walkways – were packed.
On a categorical stage, Jamaican thespian Jamar McNaughton – a reggae artist famous as Chronixx – followed a set in a Oasis tent by Philadelphia DJ King Britt by conjuring a mellow, dance-hall flavored mood on a pier.
That in spin set adult one of a can’t-miss immature talents on a Picnic undercard: 18-year-old Atlanta rock-rap singer/songwriter and bandleader Raury, a still-under-the-radar phenom who has sealed with Columbia records.
He led his pointy six-piece rope quietly by his share of celebration jams, though also pulled out an acoustic guitar and let it be famous he’s got critical business on his mind: “I wish to write songs that are indeed about things, if that creates any sense,” a shirtless thespian said. “Because times are too critical to be creation song about nothing.”
This year, a Picnic was not as clever on main-stage stone acts as in prior years, when a likes of a War On Drugs and St. Vincent have played on Penn’s Landing. The pursuit of creation a stone fans among a different millennial throng happy was mostly left to Phantogram, a indie electronic twin from Upstate New York of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter. They did their avocation with a main-stage set pulled from their 2014 manuscript Voices, keyboard-driven and hypnotic, that hold a crowd’s courtesy while they patiently waited for a hip-hop headliners.
Next door, Arcade Fire personality Win Butler kept bodies relocating on a Oasis theatre tarmac in a guise of his mix-master change ego DJ Windows 98. Butler did an effective pursuit blending in Marvin Gaye and Kanye West with South African cocktail and Haitian rhythms, though what unequivocally done his set work were his dual concomitant percussionists, who gave his brew an organic kick.
Last time A$AP Rocky seemed during a vital festival in Philadelphia was during Made in America in 2013, when he showed adult 20 mins late, incited in a husky performance, and was after sued for allegedly slapping a womanlike fan.
The matinee-idol speaker fared most improved on Saturday, focusing especially on his superb new album, At. Long. Last. A$AP, while profitable reverence to former writer A$AP Yams (who died final year) and vigourously operative a theatre while spitting rhymes from such apt A.L.L.A. cuts as “Electric Body” and “Lord Pretty Flaco Jodye 2.”
The happy rapper was behaving a songs from A.L.L.A., that was rushed-released final week on a approach to a tip of a charts, for a initial time live. And he didn’t even mind if a stoked throng wasn’t informed with his new element yet. “Just fume some weed, relax, let it marinade,” he advised. “Get drunk, though get home safe. we adore all we [term of endearment].”
The pursuit of environment adult a hometown headliners on a cold and spacious Saturday dusk was in a means hands of Abel Tesfaye, a Toronto alt-RB thespian who goes by a theatre name a Weeknd. The sweet-voiced postmodern essence male is partial of an subterraneous avant-garde, including Frank Ocean and Miguel, who emerged from a subterraneous during a spin of a decade and have all left on to blurb success. The high-haired and even higher-voiced crooner put on a pillow-talking hit-filled uncover whose amorous whisperings seemed softly inapt when a object hadn’t even left down yet.