Black Thought performs at The Roots Picnic NY on Saturday, Oct. 2. (Vickey Ford/Sneakshot)
The Roots brought their legendary Roots Picnic to New York City for the first time this weekend: the perfect occasion for Black Thought to bring a slew of rap legends, including two original Juice Crew members, on stage to rhyme over DJ Marley Marl’s classic posse cut “The Symphony.”
Black Thought and DJ J. Period have a live mixtape series, and on Sunday, they brought legendary rappers, past and present, on stage for a once-in-a-lifetime moment.
How’s this for a lineup: original Juice Crew members Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap, Royce Da 5’9″, Pharoahe Monch, Freeway, and Smif-N-Wessun. All of them took a shot at the iconic instrumental from “The Symphony,” Marley Marl’s legendary 1988 posse cut with with his Juice Crew compatriots Masta Ace, Craig G, Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane.
The performance is part of an entire weekend of memories from the first Roots Picnic in New York City, after years of the festival being an exclusive Philadelphia tradition. See our Saturday recap with photos of D’Angelo, John Mayer, and Dave Chappelle, and stay tuned for a recap of Sunday’s performances, headlined by Wu-Tang Clan.