Monday, June 9, 2008
Why Diplo is better than The Roots
Ok, look at me like i am crazy. But I attended The Roots Family Picnic in Philly on saturday in the sweltering heat. There was a main stage and an inside stage where the air conditioning was the highlight at first. A few small acts started the day off and the sponsors of the festival were begging for your attention all day. Forget them, the reall deal is Diplo. After watching a set by some unknown act from France that replaced Deerhoof and Gnarles Barkley, Diplo slammed the people with a ferocious thunder bass booming move your feet brilliance and to parapharse "this is my intro." Damnnnnnnnn. After that set, i was sweating like a madmen ready to kill. Punk mania from a DJ. Yes sir. Then a chillled out, watched a few people dance around to the sounds of Tec9ine and a flurry of mixtape djs from Philly. Then i smoked a little, met a few mates from DC and Jersey respectively, smoked a little more and vibed out to the sounds of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. The Cool Kids rocked the main stage before them. Did Chitown proud fo sure fo sure. Then The Roots stepped into the ring. Now i am from philly so i expect mass mania all night. Then started the night with some new joints that are hot from the album. They even broight P.O.R.N. and Hub just to really represent the past and the future. But then, Jam Hour began. I am not sure why. Some old stuff but more mixtape BS from a live band. Look, i know that is how they came up. They covered songs or partially covered songs in order to energize the crowd but this Philly. We are already fans. More disappointing than that was no guest appearances from Malik B, Peedi Crak, Jill Scott, Talib Kweli, Common, Mos Def and the list goes on. I was hot, I was sticky and i was pissed.