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THE ROOTS, COMMON, QUEEN LATIFAH & MORE TO PERFORM AT ROOTS PICNIC HIP HOP 50 SHOW IN L.A.

Written by on December 13, 2023

The Roots are taking their annual Roots Picnic to Los Angeles in 2024, and they’re bringing Common, Queen Latifah and more along for the ride.

Taking place on June 29 at the Hollywood Bowl, the lineup for the event dubbed ‘Roots Picnic: Hip-Hop is the Love of My Life’ will also include Digable Planets, Arrested Development, The Pharcyde, Black Sheep and more acts to be announced.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday (December 14) at 10am PT here.

In an Instagram post about the event, Questlove said: “for all the non tri state ‘WHY WONT YALL BRING THE PICNIC TO US!!!!’ crew: This lineup is so incredible I WANNA BUY TICKETS TO SEE THIS. After last night’s Grammy Celebration I kept saying ‘yeah cause it ain’t like we are gonna celebrate the 51st Anniversary so let’s just do it now…”

He continued: “But then it’s like: WHY NOT CELEBRATE HIP HOP’s 51st & 52nd & so on and so on….? Who knows…..just maybe this thing might be our lil summertime jawn in your neck of the woods eh? Get tix now, you already know it’s gonna be sold out pronto and even if my music idols came back from the next world asking for a +1 imma have to be all “I don’t know what I can do for ya.”

In addition to their many musical endeavors, The Roots’ frontman Black Thought recently penned a memoir, The Upcycled Self. In it, he discussed how he and Questlove once got into a physical altercation in the early days of the group, and he elaborated on the incident in an interview to promote the book last month.

“We had a brief sort of scuffle, kerfuffle, a little 30-second altercation when we were young and just starting out,” he told NPR. “We were displaced, living in London and there was just lots of angst and anxiety … with all the energy associated with anyone’s first time putting out a record. … So, yeah, just the perfect storm of events.

“It led to us coming to blows right quick. And it was the sort of thing that I’d forgotten about it before we left the place [where] it had taken place. But I think it’s the sort of thing that it stuck with him in a different way. Is it a grudge that he’s held? I don’t think so. But I definitely don’t think it’s something that he has ever forgotten.”

The Upcycled Self is available now.

SOURCE: HIPHOPDX

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