At the eighth annual Roots Picnic festival in Philadelphia, The Roots backed Erykah Badu’s set for an extraordinary hip-hop medley. Her track “Love of My Life” was performed as an extended 16-minute-long version, interjected with samples and snippets of hip-hop from classic tracks of the past 35 years. The performance includes appearances from YG, The Lox and Freeway, all of whom bring their own style to the show.
Enjoy the performance above and see what Questlove had to say about it below. Afterwards, peep the 18 best hip-hop albums of 2015 so far.
“You know, both acts — The Roots and Erykah — did “Love Of My Life” songs, and we thought it was rather apropos that we pay tribute to the culture of hip-hop in it’s 35-plus years […] Initially the idea just started with The Roots and Erykah wanting to mash our songs together, but as the wheels started turning I decided maybe we should turn towards more of a full on tribute to hip-hop, and then the wheels really started turning when the budget allowed me to fly out a few luminaries to perform with us. So, for some reason, a 5-minute song turned into a 20-minute migraine for my manager…but I thoroughly enjoyed it.”