The annual Roots Picnic is going down this year at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia on Saturday, May 31. The seventh annual event has announced the performers lined up today. Of course the Roots will be headlining, alongside Snoopp Dogg.
It's been a while since we've seen a full release from The Roots, the latest being Undun which was released in 2011, but far from disappearing during the interim, The Roots are more visible than ever, as they have appeared playing for numerous functions and The Late Show.
You read it right, folks - Questlove, The Roots' resident percussionist, historian and DJ, will play the role of a murder victim on an upcoming episode of police procedural drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which stars veteran emcee Ice-T.
Although there have been earlier reports on this project, The Roots have officially announced a new collaborative album with English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello. For those who haven't heard, it's called Wise Up Ghost and is scheduled for release on September 17th via Blue Note Records.
The Roots artist Questlove is trying his hand at a new venture, although one he's very passionate about: food. The Phildelphia native regularly keeps fans updated on Twitter with his latest meal during his travels, and has now turned his knowledge of good food into a business.
The Roots are not generally the types to be involved in beef. The Philly group have been working in the hip hop scene for two decades and have been able to steer clear of the feuds that many rappers end up engaging in.
The Roots already have a big year planned, with some big names being announced for their annual "Roots Picnic" this summer, as well as their next album & Then You Shoot Your Cousin, which is slated for release later this year.