Virginia storms Philly with a little help from Pharrell, Pusha T and The Neptunes sound
Hard to believe it’s already been a month since the stars aligned under Ben Franklin bridge for The 10th Annual Roots Picnic in Philly. Needless to say, it was one for the books and those in attendance will unanimously vouch.
It was a day of as many firsts as near-lasts, with Roots Picnic debuts from NoName, Thundercat, 21 Savage and others, while Solange enjoyed a stunning sophomore run at Penn’s Landing and Mobb Deep delivered one of their final performances, just a few weeks prior to the tragic passing of Queensbridge’s own, Prodigy. So today, as we officially slip into eternal summer mode, we’ve snagged one more gem from the Picnic archive. A treat for any Pharrell fan with a penchant for the producer’s early-to-mid-2000s hit-streak as the honorary third member of Clipse.
By now, most of you know the dream-come-true scenario that played out in the headlining slot; Pharrell and decades of former collaborators toasting to one of the brightest and most impactful careers the music industry has ever seen or heard, all backed by the mighty Roots crew. Here’s a sliver of their near-two-hour set, when Pusha T joined Black Thought and P for a full-scale medley of Clipse hits including “Got Damn,” “Grindin,” and “Mister Me Too.” You can watch that up top. Jump back for even more from the 2017 Roots Picnic.