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Badu and The Roots perform their ‘Love Of My Life’ Picnic Opus.

The 8th Annual Roots Picnic took place in Philadelphia last month. Footage has surfaced from one of the most special performances of the day — a 20-minute “ode to hip-hop” from The Roots and Erykah Badu.

The Roots and Badu performed their own ‘Love Of My Life’ songs, paying tribute to the genre with a little help from the LOX, Freeway and YG.

The 20-minute mash-up medley interpolated a number of hip-hop classics from Grandmaster Flash, Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, Afrika Bambaataa, Kanye West, Nas and more.

“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,” Questlove told Billboard, referring to Badu’s 2002 single “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)” featuring Common, and the Roots’ “Act Too (The Love of My Life),” also featuring Common.

“Initially the idea just started with The Roots and Erykah wanting to mash our songs together,” he continues, “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 the performance below. [via Billboard]



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