Watch: The Roots & Erykah Badu’s Epic Hip-hop Tribute @ Roots Picnic 2015
The nearly 17-minute set above kicked off with their respective Brown Sugar (2002) soundtrack contributions: “Act Too (Love Of My Life),” followed by “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop),” which anchored the performance.
Between Badu’s choruses, they ran through Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five‘s classic “The Message” (1982), Wu-Tang Clan‘s “C.r.e.a.m.” (1993), Snoop‘s “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?)” (1993), Nas‘ “Made You Look” (2002), and Kanye‘s “Gold Digger” (2005).
They were then joined on stage by Philly rapper Freeway for his State Property cut with Beanie Sigel, “Roc The Mic” (2002), as well as YG for “My Nigga” (2013), and finally The LOX for “It’s All About the Benjamins” and “Money, Power & Respect.”
The 8th Annual Roots Picnic took place on Saturday May 30, 2015 in in Philadelphia, PA. It featured additional performances by Phantogram, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Hudson Mowhawke, Raury, Chronixx, Rae Sremmurd, Afrika Bambaataa, Hiatus Kaiyote, King Britt, Windows 98, Brianna Cash, Moses Sumney, Marc E. Bassy, and Donn T. See a recap below.