Raekwon (@Raekwon), GZA (@TheRealGZA) & Rakim Performing in NYC. Raekwon brought out GZA to perform and also spoke about his upcoming album F.I.L.A. He also debut and performed a single from the album before Rakim rocked the crowd as well.
In addition to the previously announced array of artists, The Roots unveiled a poster detailing all of the acts that will be included on the bill for the Picnic.
The poster features a Native American theme, with a totem pole featuring each of The Roots members etched in the totem. Black Thought and ?uestlove grace the top of the totem, holding a microphone and drumsticks respectively, while the totem is also adorned with Philadelphia’s historic Liberty Bell, as well as musical notes and speakers.
In addition to The Roots, Kid Cudi, De La Soul, Rakim, James Murphy DJ Set (DFA/LCD Soundsystem), Wale, Major Lazer, Dice Raw, Diplo, St. Vincent, Tune-Yards, OCD: Moosh & Twist, Danny Brown, Shabbazz Palaces, Flosstradamus, Mr. Muthaf***in’ eXquire, DJ Afrojak, and more are scheduled to perform.
The Roots will back both De La Soul and Rakim’s newly announced sets for the show. During Rakim’s set he will perform “Paid in Full,” among other legendary songs from his catalogue.
This year’s Roots Picnic takes place the weekend of June 2-3 at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA.
Tickets for The Roots Picnic can be purchased as a 2-day pass ($80) or for each individual day ($50). All tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.
Rakim celebrated the 25th anniversary of Paid In Full two nights ago with two shows at the Blue Note Jazz Club in Manhattan. Backstage, MTV caught up with the God and his esteemed back-up band, The Roots, as they spoke on the event.
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The show comes in a short series of NYC shows by The Roots next week.
Rakim is linking up with The Roots to play his classic LP Paid in Full in its entirety in New York City, New York. The shows, taking place at 9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. at the Blue Note on June 22nd, is in honor of the albums 25th anniversary.
The show comes in the short series of Roots gigs taking place next week in the Big Apple. On June 20-21, Questlove will perform at 9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. with Booker T on the organ, keyboards and vocals; Gary Bartz on saxophone; Eric Krasno on guitar; and Christian McBride on the bass.
Additionally, The Roots will be performing at the launch of Rebuild the Dream on June 23rd at Town Hall at 8 p.m.