WIZ KHALIFA | NAS | THE ROOTS & ESPERANZA SPALDING “ROOTS PICNIC”
Another classic event! I was thrilled to attend the 4th Annual Roots picnic saturday with some of my all time favorite artist. The crowd was engaged and the stage was rocking. I arrived just in time to see Esperanza Spalding perform , Spalding is the 2011 Grammy award recipient for best new artist , making her the first Jazz artist to win the award. Her performance was chilling as she did a outstanding job maintaining her soulful vocals while playing multiple instruments. In a matter of minutes Spalding became one of my favorite artist.
Wiz Khalifa also hit the stage bringing tons of energy as he performed hit after hit. I was struck by surprise a bit as I under estimated Khalifa’s stage presence. He seem to have lots of fun on stage as he danced and engaged the crowd. Wiz also showed love and admiration for Philly’s own artist Beanie Sigel , Young Guns and Freeway by letting them perform during his set. State Property artist performed classic hits turning the crowd up a couple more notches.
The night was capped off by an electrifying performance by the Roots, as Black Thought pieced flow after flow over sounds from the band. Classic performance every time the Legendary Roots hit the stage. The band easily transitioned into Nas “Get Down” as Black Thought continued to sing the original track by James Brown. Seconds later , “Nasty Nas” hit the stage and performed classic after classic. The crowd was ecstatic!! After Nas concluded his set the Roots continued to rock the house giving the fans their dollars worth and some.
Post and photos by Shaheed Rucker // @Change_makers