The Resident 46: The Roots Picnic, Summer Jam ’09, LL Cool J, Estelle

estelle08_cd-736899By Mawuse Ziegbe

Puberty would not have been the same without LL Cool J. Honestly who was hotter than shirtless, lip-lickin’ LL in 1995? Coolio? Tag Team? Exactly. And yet when Estelle and LL Cool J took over Terminal 5 for the Grammy and T-Mobile tour I was not prepared for how totally phat it would be. Estelle was aiight – she was two-steppin’ and bitching about her ex-boyfriend – entertaining but all things I could see any sloshed slag do on a Saturday night. LL weaved through his 20-year-plus repertoire flexing to hits like “Doin’ It,” “Rock The Bells,” “Phenomenon,” “I Need Love,” “Headsprung,” and “Radio” with the energy and abs of a delusional MySpace MC. I spent much of the time jonesing for FUBU, Dunkaroos and general nineties awesomeness. So, mad props to LL and the booty-quaking potency of his def beats.

The Roots don’t score as many mainstream snaps as LL but they continue to prove their legendary status with events like the 2nd annual Roots Picnic. Following a typically grizzly Chinatown bus ride to the illadelph, I caught Antibalas’ fairly uninspired set. Philly’s own Santigold often relies on her fussy downtown b-girl look and heart attack-serious dancers to carry a performance. But she actually smiled and flicked her hair a bit more than usual through songs like “Find A Way,” “Unstoppable,” and “Say Aha.” Throngs of mall-accessorized girls thrashed along to “Creator” and Spank Rock made [Read more...]

Win A VIP Package To The Roots Picnic Summer Getaway In Philadelphia

unknown2Enter to win tickets to the 2nd Annual Roots Picnic and a VIP weekend package in Philadelphia, the home of The Roots! Held June 5 – 7 at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on the waterfront, The Roots Picnic stars the Grammy-Award winning hip-hop stars and newly minted house band of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” The Roots, Santigold, Kid Cudi, King Britt, The Black Keys, TV on the Radio, Asher Roth and more. There will also be a special feature performance by Public Enemy, playing It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back, backed by Antibalas and The Roots.

The prize weekend includes:
•  Two free tickets and VIP access to The Roots Picnic and Picnic Pre-Party
•  Round-trip transportation on Amtrak*
•  Two nights hotel accommodation for you and a guest at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing
•  Signed copy of the limited edition Philly 360° book featuring The Roots
•  Dinner for two at one of Philly’s spectacular restaurants
•  A gift basket filled with goodies from local boutiques and restaurants and more!

*Roundtrip transportation provided by Amtrak on scheduled service from northeast corridor train station closest to winner’s residence served by Amtrak to Philadelphia.

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