For the seventh consecutive year, the folks at OkayPlayer hosted a gigantic party for their friends, journalists, musicians and other industry types featuring the Roots performing with special guests. What makes the party so incredible is that the folks at OkayPlayer keep the guests, and the setlist tightly guarded, making the entire night a wild surprise. At the 6th annual party, the highlights included the Roots playing a half hour worth of A Tribe Called Quest songs with Q-Tip and Talib Kweli, as well as a brief set of classic soul with William Hart of the legendary Deflonics. (I still talk about that party because it was incredible.)
One of this year’s highlights included the Roots playing songs from Raekwon’s classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx with Raekwon. Seriously, when Rae came out, everyone lost their shit – and he had the luck of following the equally incredible Big Daddy Kane. (Officially, my mind was blown yet again.) OkayPlayer was recording live footage throughout the night, so all of y’all hip hop heads need to check out what was truly an amazing hip hop moment – the Roots with Raekwon performing “Incarcerated Scarfaces,” at Brooklyn Bowl.
As you’ll watching, you’ll probably notice someone who seems very familiar – me, shooting the events and having a ridiculously good time.