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Rakim and The Roots @ The Roots Picnic, Day 2.

June 4, 2012

The old school vibes flowed Sunday night when Rakim (above) flowed through his classic album Paid in Full with The Roots backing him and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter (below) spitting Eric B.’s lines. It was pure gold.

Things got a little dicey after the Rakim performance when Black Thought announced to the crowd that Kid Cudi, the evening’s headliner, was trapped in Las Vegas because of private jet problems.

Where other concerts might have ended, and fans might have left disappointed, The Roots didn’t let that happen. For more than an hour, they jammed through some of their greatest hits and invited local rap legends Freeway and Jakk Frost to perform.

Some young folks in Kid Cudi T-shirts seemed sad, and even angry. But the thousands of people who stayed through the evening – despite the massive rains – were rewarded by the world’s greatest live band who burned through song after song as though this was their plan all along. It was most impressive.

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