This past Wednesday June 22, as part of the annual Blue Note Jazz Festival, The Legendary Roots teamed up with the Legendary Rakim for a very special Paid in Full 25th Anniversary Edition celebration at NYC’s intimate Blue Note venue. With an early show and a late show, the band ran through the 10 track of the classic album with funky flawlessness. During the first show, Nelson George asked Rakim and Black Thought questions about the album’s legacy and Rakim’s career at the beginning and half way points. The second show featured questions from Toure, and both Dave Chappelle and Talib Kweli were in the house who had their turn posing questions as well. Very dope stuff indeed. Check out the excellent photo gallery from Mel D. Cole after the cut as well as a video interview with Rakim and Black Thought from MTV News.
From MTV News:
“The Roots is hip-hop royalty right now, yanameen. From what they do, what they bring to the table, for them to holler at me and put this together and invite me out, that let me know its official otherwise they wouldn’t touch it, yanameen? its a good feeling to be around this long and still get that love.” – Rakim
“I wouldn’t have pursued the craft they way i pursued it, and linked up with ?uestlove, if it had not been for Ra’s influence.” – Black Thought
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