If this type of thing interests you (as it should), and you haven’t see it yet, XXL posted Part 1 of a two part interview with ?uestlove of the Roots earlier today. He talks in great detail about what will no doubt be 2 historic performances at Radio City Music Hall tonight and tomorrow. He urges anybody who has tickets to arrive early as the notoriously stodgy venue has them on an airtight schedule.
So what should someone know before coming to the show?
The one thing I wish I could stress to New York City above all is that the Roots are the most professional organization when it comes to promptness. It’s imperative that they show up on time. I don’t want them to think “Erykah is gonna show up around eight, so I’ma show up around then.” You have to be there for the opening act. First of all, there is no opening act. Usually the best part of the show, at least for us, is the surprise you get at the beginning. If New York knew like I knew, they will be there 24 hours beforehand to catch this. They need to be on time. None of that fashionably late stuff.
He also talks about what these shows mean for East Coast hip hop as well as hip hop in general, and touches on issue of corporate influence on the culture. When asked whether Jay (or The Keyser Soze of Hip Hop) would be making an appearance, he laughed and gave a non answer which basically means you lucky stiffs who copped tickets are gonna get to see Jay perform tonight. With The Roots. And Nas.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to kill myself.