Black Thought & Plug 2 AKA Dove of De La Soul at Roots Picnic 2012
Photos by Mel D. Cole courtesy of Village Slum

There goes Round 1. Ding! Here goes Round 2. Technically, Part 2 of our Roots Picnic 2012 photo recap, this time the black-and-white edition from ill photographeur Mel D. Cole of Village Slum. Amongst those of us who were along for the ride, the word ‘epic’ was used to describe the weekend; a perfect storm (sometimes literally) of crowd-surfing energy, rap legends and forward-looking music of all kinds. Mel’s lens goes a long way toward capturing that epic quality, a pleasure to look at whether you were there or not. To really recreate the experience, scroll through these beauties in rapid succession while DJ Low B’s Official Roots Picnic mixtape in the background–instant desktop concert.

Danny Brown X Mr MFN Exquire backstage at The Roots Picnic 2012
Danny Brown + Mr. MFN eXquire = Rock star sh*t.

Diplo pon speakerbox during Major Lazer's set at The Roots Picnic 2012
Pon De Speakerbox (Diplo during Major Lazer’s set on the main festival stage)

Diplo going off during Major Lazer's set at The Roots Picnic 2012
Diplo letting off during Major Lazer’s Set.

Philly girls at The Roots Picnic 2012
Philly girls represent.



  • Tray

    who’s the chick in the last pic, pg 6?

  • and friend? “and friend”? y’all serious?!?

  • Kyle K

    Who’s the girl with the fro on the last pic of the first page?

  • The Major Lazer dancers don’t have names?