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D’Angelo, The Roots, Sheila E And Janelle Monae Will Pay Tribute To Prince At 2016 BET Awards

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D'Angelo, The Roots, Janelle Monae + More To Pay Tribute To Prince At 2016 BET Awards

“Yeah, we saw that. Don’t worry. We got you.”

Man, BET might just win back the confidence of the masses. The TV network made a point of blasting out a cryptic, yet shade-filled tease at the conclusion of this year’s Billboard Music Awards where Madonna’s rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “Purple Rain” was blasted by the Prince hive, even with the assistance of the immaculate, Stevie Wonder.

Today, BET makes good on that promise, announcing that D’Angelo, The Roots, Janelle Monae and Sheila E. will lead the tributary charge at this year’s BET Awards, answering the call for a more potent purple revue. We can’t say just yet which selections from the icon’s legendary catalogue will be performed, but those looking to get a taste of what could be in store for us, need not look any further than D’Angelo’s emotional take on “Sometime It Snows In April” from The Tonight Show. The 2016 BET Awards are slated for June 26th, and while there’s still much to be sorted out, one thing we do know: it’s gonna be beautiful night.





h/t Rolling Stone

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Black Thought + Questlove Announce ‘The Roots Picnic’ In NYC feat. D’Angelo, Wu-Tang + More!

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Black Thought + Questlove Announce 'The Roots Picnic' Coming To New York

For nine years now, The Roots Crew has brought their annual family-style festival Roots Picnic to their hometown of Philadelphia. But as we shared last night Black Thought blew the minds of the assembled Roots Picnic crowd by announcing from the stage that Roots Picnic will be soon be coming to New York City as well!

While this is clearly a move that Thought, Questlove and Roots management have been quietly making moves toward for some time, the decision to share the news at Roots Picnic was apparently a spontaneous reaction to the observation from Lil Jon (who was there to join Usher  for a Legendary live rendition of the club smash “Yeah!”) that Usher’s set with The Roots was so tight (it was–get more via our official Roots Picnic recap!) that they needed to take it on the road.

No sooner was the word given from onstage than an official announcement was forthcoming. Now that official details can be shared, it’s clear this is no afterthought to the original Roots Picnic (which will absolutely continue on as a Philadelphia tradition, to put to rest fears some fans expressed on social media overnight). The New York edition of the picnic will come to Manhattan’s Bryant Park this October 1st and 2nd, with headliners D’Angelo, John Mayer + The Wu-Tang Clan (!).

Let’s take a second to process that for a second. That’s Night 1: D’Angelo and John MF Mayer back by The Roots. Night 2: Nile Rogers and David Byrne and The Entire Wu-Tang Clan back by The Roots (!!) for a marathon set called “A Love Letter To NY” (!!). You might think with the incredible 9th Annual Roots Picnic (Usher, DMX, Swizz Beats, Future, Kaytranada, surprise appearances from Will Smith, Yuna and Lil Jon!!) now in our collective rearview, there would be time to sigh or take a breath. But, no! The Illadelph insanity is just going to continue in New York as a mix of returning picnic guests (Yuna, Lil’ Uzi Vert, Swizz Beatz) and new artists (EPMD, Stretch & Bobbito, DJ Jazzy Jeff ). In addition to the guys listed above, Black Thought will bring his “live mixtape” seriesto the New York edition of the picnic, with DJ J. Period presiding over a segment that also includes Freddie Gibbs, Royce Da 5’9″ and Styles P (!!). Still breathing?  Neal Brennan (The Chappelle Show) and Jerrod Carmichael (The Carmichael Show) will also bless the NY picnic crowd with their comic genius.

But don’t take our word for it, watch as our heroes Questlove and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter break it all down on the video reveal below. See y’all there!

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Roots Picnic Highlighted By Usher And Surprise Will Smith Performance

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We have a tendency to say this every year but for real Roots Picnic 2016 was the best picnic yet. The bill was stacked with legends in their own time, multiplied by an ongoing series of surprises and cameos that made every set a headlining set, a cascading series of musical highs that just built throughout the day.

Setting things off in style, Parkwood signees (and First Look artists!) Chloe & Halle had a spectacular Roots Picnic debut, making up for their tender age with uncanny showmanship, razor sharp choreography and heavenly harmonics. Zoe Kravitz’ outfit Lolawolf, GoGo Morrow, Jodie Abacus, Tish Hyman and Paris Monster maintained the young star power that characterized the opening sets.

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Photo By @AverieCole

Nobody embodied that sense more than Willow Smith, who lithely flowed around the stage as if she was literally born in the spotlight, instead of just figuratively. But then her set also became the first major surprise of the festival when papa Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff joined Willow onstage–and made summer official by performing their hit “Summertime” and confirming that they will be touring together sooner than you expect. Surprise Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince reunion, performing “Summertime”…in the summertime…live…in Philly…at Roots Picnic…is a bit like standing on the equator at 12 noon and looking into the eyes of the sun, while eating a hot pepper. It’s such a concentrated dose of summertime it can be unsafe if not ready for it and the crowd just about blew up, just a little more than an hour after doors open–this is when we knew this year’s Roots Picnic was gonna be big.

Enter Migos. They play with a backing track but that doesn’t matter–what matters is thousands of people yelling “I’ve been trapping trapping trapping trapping all damn night” together, lost in the collective camaraderie of turning the fuck up. Only two thirds of Migos (Quavo and Takeoff) were accounted for but “Fight Night” was the wave of the early sets and the crowd went absolutely banoodles. Rich Medina spun a silk smooth set that caught us right in the feels. Pulling no punches, we heard a blend of everything from D’Angelo to James Brown to P-Funk and well beyond (that “Dancing Machine” flip was a trip).

Lil Uzi Vert had everyone bouncing. “Who The Fuck Are You?” was a crowd pleaser. He took to a boxcar onstage and rapped from on high, then jumped into the crowd. There was little doubt he’s having fun and it was contagious–all the kids love him. LUV brought out his girl and Meek Mill and Quavo and Takeoff appeared towards the end of his set.

Meek made almost as big a splash backstage by walking through the hangout area with Nicki Minaj on his arm, giving people a chance to gawk and snap pictures like visiting royalty.

Next Kehlani got our hearts with a career-spanning set, extra thick on the seductiveness. – Backstage she had a case of the nerves, but on stage she made her performance look effortless.

Anderson .Paak was a consummate showman, bopping from frontman to drummer in a flash, teasing Prince‘s “Wanna Be Your Lover” before hopping off stage, leaving the crowd in a frenzy. The instrumental segments were extra nice including a .Paak shed session extravaganza. Skill and star presence that are striking when you consider he was all but unknown a year ago. This year Willow Smith, Chloe & Halle and other artists were out out of the backstage and in the photo pit dancing and cheering on Breezy Lovejoy.

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Photo By @AverieCole

Leon Bridges gave us the full “Coming Home” treatment, but proved he was more than your favorite soul revivalist when he brought out r&b up and comer, Solo Woods, for a slow-burning take on “My Pony.” Jidenna brought incredible energy, a full onstage complement of African dancers and, of course, impeccable style to his set. But most of all “Classic Man” can’t fail to turn any party over completely. DMX proved that the dog still had bite in what became a Swizz Beatz and DMX joint set for one incredible run. “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” was up there with the day’s all-time high energy moments. DMX performed all the hits, and gave of himself as well, bringing his father out in an emotional recognition of their recent reunion, delivered a prayer for the ages (and got a few Amen!s in reply) and even created a quiet storm moment, stripping down to show the ladies he’s still all muscle and tats.

“Father Stretch My Hands” served as Metro Boomin’s intro song. And once you hear that “If Young Metro don’t trust you…” sample, you know it’s about to be a party. Suffice to say, Metro Boomin’ trusts Philly. He ran through selected hits from the south and east, plus threw in some ringtone hits to get the bodies jiggling in a euphoric way. “Get ratchet at this picnic!” was the refrain as he segued from “Swag Surfing” to “Teach Me How To Dougie” AKA the ultimate millennial moment of the Roots Picnic.

Dev Hynes AKA Blood Orange brought funk and jazz back into the mix with an eclectic set, peppered with cuts from his new album, Free Town. You already knew you loved the sound of Blood Orange but the slap bass in this second to last song was still among the best things we heard all day. The sound was great and Blood Orange’s guitar solos blended with his saxophonist in a way that underscores why we love Blood Orange; the melody and emotional energy are matched by real musicianship. Future occupied the other end of the sonic spectrum but nevertheless was one of the most-anticipated sets–he came in big but in the festival’s only real low-energy moment, his set was cut about 20 mins short when a speakers went out due to a blown generator. Apparently bass from the future simply requires more wattage than present-day sound systems can accommodate!

Undisputedly Kaytranada had one of the best sets during the entire day and night. He ran through the hard-knocking remixes (of Amerie, Missy Elliott, Anderson .Paak) that made him a household name and had us in the palm of his hand as he spun selections from his breakout debut album. Okayplayers broke out into an electric slide fit that eventually brought folks over the barrier for a little up close and personal love.

Kaytra was king and the event ended with chants of his name. Dancing to “Lite Spots” and watching a security guard basically go “Fuck it, my day is done” as people in the crowd hopped the fence to dance in the sand was one of the best moments of the Picnic. It speaks to what live music is all about: unpredictability, spontaneity and just wanting to have a damn good time. Kay’s set was cut five minutes short, but by then he had given us everything we had wanted and more.

Photo By @AverieCole

Photo By @AverieCole

Until Usher x The Roots made us realize the musical journey had just begun. The R&B legend brought his A-game, while the Legendary transformed his catalog into a deep-pocketed, Philly soul-inflected concerto of baby-making music. In just a few songs Questlove and the boys wove Earth, Wind & Fire, Curtis Mayfield and Barry White into hits like “Caught Up” (James Brow-ified) and “You Remind Me” (mashed with the SOS Band), revealing that Usher x The Roots might be the only show you can trainspot and slow grind to at the very same time.

Usher alternated between his gutbucket, got-to-sing-it-all falsetto and karaoke sessions that made us realize that EVERY PERSON IN PHILLY KNOWS EVERY WORD TO *EVERY USHER SONG. Highlights came too fast and furious to process with anything but the backbone and hips but they included “Good Kisser” with extra go-go stank on the BuBubbaBUMP; “Love in This Club” rendered as lover’s rock reggae including full echoey one drop drums from Questo and a cracking “Footsteps In The Dark” drum break under “Crush”–which brought out a surprise duet with the lovely Yuna. The surprises still weren’t done, however, as Lil Jon joined the fun for a rendition of Usher’s ultimate club smash “Yeah!” Dead. Ad-libbing that Usher and The Legendary needed to take their show on the road, Lil Jon inspired Black Thought to reveal that Roots Picnic will indeed be taking a drive–up the turnpike to NYC! –an announcement that blew the crowds mind for the eleventeenth time that day, before Ursher launched into the time-melting falsetto of the ultimate showstopper, the appropriately-named “Climax.”

Roots Picnic 2016 left us drained, sweaty and deliriously happy in that can’t-stop-grinning type of way, where you can’t stop talking about the best moments even though the people you’re telling were also there. And for all those who weren’t there and experiencing the dreaded FOMO…once we know when Roots Picnic is coming to NYC, you can feel it, too.

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Black Thought Says The Roots Picnic Coming To NYC

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For nine years now, The Legendary Roots Crew has brought their annual Roots Picnic to their hometown of Philadelphia. But on Saturday, Black Thought announced that New York City will get love too.

While on stage at The Roots Picnic on Saturday, Black Thought said that the crew planned to bring the event to New York City for the first time. Details are still unclear. Does this mean the annual festival will be moved out of Philly? Or that New York City will have different events throughout the year under the Roots Picnic banner?

Either way, it’s guaranteed to be a good time. This year’s Roots Picnic, which was at Festival Pier in Philadelphia, continued the legacy established with previous years. A stacked lineup that included Usher (pictured above with Black Thought), DMX, Future, Leon Bridges, Anderson .Paak, and Kaytranada brought A-game performances, and stars like Will Smith and Lil Jon made surprise guest appearances to perform “Summertime” and “Yeah!,” respectively. The Roots Picnic has maintained a high standard as a highlight of the music festival season every year, so news of the banner brand making its way to New York City can only be great news.

Okayplayer will keep you updated on further details about The Roots Picnic’s arrival to New York City.

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Extra, Extra! Here’s The 2016 Roots Picnic Setlist + Schedule

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* Keep in mind that set times are subject to change!

Ladies, gentlemen, audiophiles of all ages, shapes and creeds! This year’s Roots Picnic is less than 24-hours away and we’re gearing up to hang out with all you OKP-ers, trap stars, beat-freaks and soul survivors! But how? Where? When? Don’t worry, as we got you covered. Here, with no further ado, are the set times / schedules for the 9th annual all-day concert at the Festival Pier in Philadelphia, PA.

Beginning with Jodie Abacus on the South stage at 12-noon and closing out with the one, the only Usher Raymond and The Roots (who put on a bomb arse show at Brooklyn Bowl last night) at 9:00 p.m. Atlanta’s own Future precedes them on the North stage at 8:00 p.m. with a few conflicts riddled in the billing. Leon Bridges and Blood Orange and Metro Boomin’ all will have fans running all over the place when they take the stage at the early-to-late 6 o’clock hour. Meanwhile Lil’ Uzi Vert, Jidenna and part of Anderson .Paak‘s sets will happen at the same time (3:50 p.m. as the case with Vert + Jidenna) and 3:20 (.Paak).

For those who aren’t wasting their time with Governors Ball or Mountain Jam this weekend, the 2016 Roots Picnic Setlist + Schedule will keep you on the straight path to grooving out with the greatest musical collective of all time.

Here’s the list! Print it out, keep it close to you at all times and please note that times for performances are subject to change!

2016 Roots Picnic Setlist + Schedule

North Stage:

GoGo Morrow – 12:30 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Paris Monster – 1:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Willow Smith – 1:50 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Migos – 2:50 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Jidenna – 3:50 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Swizz Beatz – 4:50 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Blood Orange – 6:30 p.m. – 7:10 p.m.
Future – 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

South Stage:

Jodie Abacus – 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lola Wolf – 1:20 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Ibeyi – 2:20 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Anderson .Paak – 3:20 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Kehlani – 4:20 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
DMX – 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Leon Bridges – 6:55 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
The Roots w/ Usher – 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Oasis Stage:

Chloe + Halle – 12:30 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Tish Hyman – 1:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Rich Medina – 1:50 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Lil’ Dicky – 2:50 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Lil’ Uzi Vert – 3:50 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Everyday People – 4:50 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Metro Boomin’ – 6:15 p.m. – 6:55 p.m.
Kaytranada – 7:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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