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PHOTO RECAP: The 2013 Roots Picnic (Naughty By Nature, Trinidad James, Macklemore, Solange, Hit-Boy and More!)

The 6th Annual Roots Picnic was held this past Saturday (June 1) at Penns Landing in Philly. It was super hot outside; perfect for a summer concert. The festival included an impressive line-up of artists including Hit-Boy, Joey Bada$$, Trinidad James, DJ Premier, Solange, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Gary Clark Jr, Naughty By Nature, Meek Mill, and of course The Legendary Roots Crew. The Roots Picnic is an extremely eclectic event; so you have to come prepared with open ears! We decided to give you guys a photo recap (short attention spans, we know). Check it out below!
 Our good friend DJ Damage was on the 1s and 2s between sets. The bill said DJ Aktive but we didn't see him. Regardless, DJ Damage definitely did his thing! He had the crowd rockin'.
The first act we were able to catch was Trinidad James in the tent. I think it's safe to say that a good portion of the (sold out) crowd came to see James. Traffic placed us there as he was finishing his set, and the main stage area was DESERTED. Everyone was packed in the tent to see Trinidad James. He closed with All Gold Everything. If you ask me, he could have just performed that on repeat his whole set. The crowd would have been happy.
How To Dress Well was up next. If you haven't heard of Tom Krell, I suggest you look him up! He songs are like R&B diaries about live, love, hardships, and everything else we all go through. During his set, he performed tracks from his latest LP, Total Loss. He also performed "Suicide Dream 1" from his debut album, Love Remains. The crowdshocker was when he performed a cool cover of R. Kelly's "I Wish". Definitely a cool, new artist to look up!
Hit-Boy was up next in the tent. He just may be another producer-turnt-artist success story. The multi-platinum producer performed a number of tracks off his debut solo project "HS87 All I've Ever Dreamed Of." I was impressed by how much of the crowd knew his songs. He then brought out Audio Push, who are apparent signed to Hit-Boy's label, HS87. Once Audio Push hit the stage, everything was turnt up! You couldn't help but feed into the high energy of Hit-Boy and Audio Push.
We then had to run back over to the main stage to catch Solange's set (we had to do a lot of running back and forth). Solange's is the cool indie-hipster younger sister of Beyonce. Her set was so soulful and jazzy. I also thought it was cool that her backup singers had natural hair, also. I wondered if that was a part of the criteria. She performed a slew of hits from her EP True, including "Some Things Never Seem to F---ing Work" and "Don't Let Me Down". She also performed her fan favorites like "T.O.N.Y." and "Crush". Off the stage, Solange was kickin' with her son Juelz during DJ Premier's set.
Next, we had to run back to the tent to see Joey Bada$$. The crowd was super pumped up as you can see by the picture above. His set mostly consisted of songs off his latest mixtape, 1999. He later brought out the Pro Era crew  to perform tracks off their joint project, PEEP: The aPROpocalypse. Philly loves Joey!
We then ran back to main stage to catch the one woman band, GrimesGrimes, real name Claire Boucher, is an extremely charismatic performer. She likes to have a lot of fun on stage, and the audience couldn't help but join her. She performed tracks off her most recent album, Visions.

The next set we were able to catch on the main stage was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The main stage area was now super packed and tight to see the Seattle duo hit the stage. They of course performed their hit tracks “Thrift Shop” and “Same Love." The crowd couldn't have been more excited. If you were there, you'd probably say the same about Macklemore who at one point was literally performing on the hands of the audience! Definitely one of the most high energy sets of the day.
Next we ran back to tent to see DJ Premier. Lots of hip-hop fans in the building. Premier spun and scratched some of hip-hop's most prized songs. He did amazing! At one point, Solange even come over and enjoyed his set side stage. If you ever want to go out and enjoy some hip-hop, make sure DJ Premier is the DJ. Those are my new conditions.
We then ran back to the main stage to catch Gary Clark Jr. He is a machine on that guitar. He performed tracks off his EP, The Bright Lights EP, and his debut album Blak and Blu. Throughout his set, Clark would break into these amazing guitar solos. He definitely has the talent to fit into any genre he wants; from blues to rock to pop. 
 Next we had the main event, The Legendary Roots Crew from Philly! Seeing them live never gets old. They just have so many hits and the live band aspect of their set is always amazing. The crew ran through a medley of their most-loved hits including “Table Of Contents, Part 1,” and “The Next Movement." They even performed "What They Do" (one of my favorites). Marsha Ambrosias, who was seen hanging out backstage all day, came out to perform the hook for "You Got Me." She broke into this amazing jazzy solo. If you love hip-hop and haven't seen The Roots live.. I just don't know what you're doing with your life. 
 After the medley, Black Thought introduced the other main event, Naughty By Nature. Back by the Roots, NBN performed their hits "O.P.P." and "Hip Hop Hooray." It was definitely a great night for hip-hip.  
The real surprise was the other guest appearance by Meek Mill (although if you were backstage, it wasn't much of a surprise). Meek came out and the crowd (well, what was left of it), went crazy! He ended his set with the newly released banger "Levels".

The Roots Picnic was definitely a great night from hip-hop! We're looking forward to seeing what next year will bring.

Photos by Jake P. for iSocialite (last two from OKAYPlayer).

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