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In May, Erykah Badu performed with the Roots at the 8th annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia—and made the whole occasion even more exciting with a 17-minute mash-up medley ode to hip-hop. Badu and The Roots put together to pay tribute to the last 35+ years of hip-hop and performed the mash-up with guest appearances from YG, the LOX, Freeway, and more. As for the mash-up itself, the epic includes Badu’s “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)”, the Roots’ “Act Too (Love of My Life)”, Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message”, Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.”, Kanye West’s “Gold Digger”, Nas’ “Made You Look” Beanie Sigel and Freeway’s “Roc the Mic”, the Lox’s “Money, Power, Respect” and even some Afrika Bambaataa.

“Initially the idea just started with the Roots and Erykah wanting to mash our songs together,” Questlove told Billboard, “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.”

Watch a video of the 17-minute mash-up below.

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[Photo source: Billboard]

June 25, 2015 by Robert Cordero