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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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The Lonely Island Performs “I’m On A Boat” With Jimmy Fallon x The Roots

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The Lonely Island Performs 'I'm On A Boat' With Jimmy Fallon x The Roots

“I’m On A Boat.” You remember that one, right? That infamous rap parody track from The Lonely Island‘s 2009 album Incredibad that became a pop culture sensation (and featured one of the most memorable guest appearances from Auto-Tune mastermind T-Pain)?

Well, the trio of comedians have brought the song back to life, courtesy of Jimmy Fallon‘s Classroom Instruments segment. Adorned in full fleet week sailor attire and sunglasses (except Jorma Taccone, who’s visibly bummed at being the only one wearing a “DUNCE” cap), everyone breaks into the viral video track, with Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer spitting their verses. Other notable moments include:

  • Questlove yelling “floppy floppies” and being the hype man that The Lonely Island deserves.
  • Samberg pulling out an actual pair of “floppy floppies.”
  • Captain Kirk Douglas playing a ukulele with the straightest face possible.
  • Black Thought singing T-Pain’s lol-worthy guest verse, including the part about f**king a mermaid (and pulling out an actual inflated mermaid).
  • The look of disapproval Black Thought receives from everybody else, after singing about f**king a mermaid.

The Lonely Island boys have been making their promotional run for their film Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, which is in theaters today. The movie is a parody of music documentaries such as Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, where Andy Samberg portrays Connor4Real, an internationally known pop artist, who is struggling with the failure of his second album, Connquest. If you’ve yet to watch the trailer here you go — it’s worth watching considering that Seal (yes, “Kiss From A Rose” Seal) makes a very brief but memorable appearance.

Other guests appearances include Snoop Dogg, DJ Khaled, Nas, RZA, Justin Timberlake, Questlove and Fallon.

It’ll be interesting to Questo on the big screen, even though he’s playing himself. Hopefully he’ll get the chance to check out the flick soon, but probably not this weekend. He’s been getting ready for his performance with Usher at this year’s Roots Picnic happening this Saturday.

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Usher x The Roots Surprise Brooklyn w/ A Sneak Preview Of Their Roots Picnic Performance!

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You already knew the annual Roots Picnic is happening this Saturday (that’s tomorrow!) and will feature one of the most entertaining headlining performances for any music festival occurring this year: Usher backed by The Roots. How do we already know this? We witnessed the two “rehearse” for their forthcoming Philadelphia performance at the Brooklyn Bowl last night, where fans who came out for Questlove‘s Bowl Train residency got a special sneak preview of this unique joint performance.

Prior to the event, The Roots bandleader Questlove had dropped multiple hints that this wouldn’t be a regular Bowl Train, throughout the day on his Instagram.

But by the time Questo unveiled the entire puzzle it was already too late for unsuspecting Ursher fans — the show was sold out.

The Roots took the stage shortly after midnight and spared no time building a funk-fueled groove for Usher to take control of. Then, upon being introduced to the stage by Black Thought, Usher appeared. “Anybody see the game tonight?” the R&B singer asked in reference to the Cavaliers and Warriors game that had just occurred. After stating which team he went for (he’s a Cavs man), Usher proceeded to go into a more upbeat rendition of “Caught Up.”

Hearing Usher’s catalog reinterpreted as funk and soul jams was a testament to both the singer and the band. The former reminded us that aside from being a phenomenal songwriter, he’s a great entertainer and performer, stopping the band by forcefully raising his fist in the air and bringing it back down to begin the groove all over again. As for the latter, there’s a reason why The Roots are called the hardest working band in showbiz. No one can touch them — the level of musicianship between the members is what keeps each other and themselves in check, creating this perpetual funk machine kept locked into the groove by Questlove himself.

But the night wasn’t only about Usher’s music: there were many moments where the singer’s songs blended into ones from The Roots and other artists. “Nice And Slow” into “Break You Off”; Eddie Frank‘s “Intimate Friends” into “You Make Me Wanna” — the two seamlessly went through decades of black music, the entire set doubling as both an educational experience and dance party.

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By two in the morning the musicians ended their set with the popular Raymond v. Raymond cut, “OMG,” before returning to the stage again for a two song encore: “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” and “Yeah!”

Although “Yeah!” was fun to watch, the best moment came towards the end of “OMG,” when Usher and company changed the sultry dance club track into a gospel shout. From Mark Kelley‘s walking bass line to Captain Kirk Douglas shredding over everything, it was apparent what all of this was really about — Usher and The Roots were here to take us to the church of funk, soul and R&B. And considering the 19 to 20 songs they played and the faces of satisfaction that left the Brooklyn Bowl yesterday night, it’s safe to say that we all enjoyed ourselves.

So get ready, Philly: if this was just a rehearsal, then you all are definitely in for a treat of historic proportions.

 

 

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The Roots “Champion” (2016 NBA Finals Theme Song)

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Earlier today ESPN debuted a commercial for the upcoming NBA finals featuring The Roots…. um, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan… click here to see that. The visual contained what appeared to be new music from the Legendary Late Night Crew. Now the full track has been released unto the world for your listening pleasure. Check out The Roots “Champion” (2016 NBA Finals Theme Song) below. With the conference championships still raging on both coasts (though it appears that’ll soon be settled at least on the eastern side of things) this should get you in the mood for the finals bout no matter who you’re cheering for.

This is the first track released by The Roots since the and then you shoot your cousin album was released almost exactly two years ago, on May 19, 2014.

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The Roots Share Their NBA Finals Anthem “Show Me You’re A Champion”

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The Roots Line-Up w/ NBA Legends In New Finals Promo

The Roots and the NBA seem to have a good thing going this year (as they have in years past.) First they help Dwayne Wade and George “The Iceman” Gervin find their cool. Next thing you know, they’re at the helm of a full-fledged anthem for this year’s finals spectacle. In the lead-up to next week’s closing round of the playoffs, the Illa Fifth just dropped a new visual and track to accompany the hard-fought march to the chip, lining up with legends like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson on the hard-top, who embody, like The Roots themselves, the prerequisite excellence to wear the crown. With the conference championships still raging on both coasts (though it appears that’ll soon be settled at least on the eastern side of things) this should get you in the mood for the finals bout no matter who you’re cheering for. Watch as The Roots hit the court with gods of the league in their new NBA Finals ad-spot and brace yourselves, as it won’t be long now until we know precisely who the warring parties are in the first game, slated for June 2nd.

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