In keeping with LiveNation, the 2023 Roots Picnic featured the “most dynamic lineup but” as The Roots, Usher, Lauryn Hill, The Fugees, and extra took over Philadelphia’s The Mann at Fairmount Park on June 3-4.
The weekend commenced on Friday (June 2) with a particular joint set from Dave Chappelle and The Roots on the Wells Fargo Heart. Following the conclusion of the comedy present and musical efficiency, it was introduced that Jon Stewart would host a bonus set.
The subsequent evening, Lauryn Hill celebrated the twenty fifth anniversary of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill with a historic, closing set that included a shock Fugees reunion with former bandmates, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel. This can be the trio’s final efficiency as a gaggle since Michel is dealing with 20 years in jail amid the responsible verdict in his federal conspiracy case.
Questlove spoke on the reunion by way of Instagram. “@MsLaurynHill did us a strong by not solely letting us rejoice together with her the basic #MiseducationOfLaurynHill however she additionally made a second by bringing collectively her bredren @WyclefJean & @PrasMichel ……in what might probably be one of many final instances we’ll see this establishment collectively on this setting. I’m giving all of the gratitude for making this miracle of an evening occur,” wrote the Oscar winner.
Usher, as soon as once more, entranced followers with a mini model of his explosive Las Vegas residency, alongside particular visitors Eve, Jazmine Sullivan, and Black Thought. The “GLU” crooner changed Diddy‘s headlining slot, resulting from unexpected circumstances. Black Thought added a freestyle to Usher’s 2004 cult basic, “Throwback,” rapping, “One Friday evening session, a minor indiscretion/Nearly had me like with Usher pulling out a real confession.” Later, Sullivan and Ush shared a enjoyable second whereas performing The Roots’ “You Received Me.”
Ari Lennox, Lil Uzi Vert, Busta Rhymes, GloRilla, DVSN, The Isley Brothers, Coco Jones, Mary Mary, Adam Blackstone and naturally, the legendary State Property reunion saved followers enthused all through the two-day pageant.
Experiential activations featured an exhibit from famend artist Al-Baseer Holly, the inaugural Roots Picnic Con, a brunch expertise, the Spades Event hosted by World Sequence of Spades creator and comic Clint Coley, and the podcast stage. Charlamagne Tha God, Off The File with DJ Akademiks, Don’t Name Me White Woman, Lip Service with Angela Yee, Folks’s Celebration with Talib Kweli, and Questlove Supreme all had particular person moments to shine, regardless of low audience turnout for one present.
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