This past Thursday me and a couple friends went up to New York for the Casio Tryx Out: NYC 2011 launch party. They showcased the release of their new “Tryx” camera, that I actually quite liked, in collaboration with Best Buy. After attending a press conference followed by a hour or so of h’ordeurves and mingling they held a concert featuring the The Roots and Nicki Minaj.
The Roots started off the concert giving an amazing performance as always. After seeing them perform a couple times I noticed that I’ve never seen them perform music from their latest albums. Their set usually includes their 90’s classics such as You Got Me and The Movement and then a plethora of funk/soul/rap and maybe a cover or two. Either way I go to see a good show and more importantly hear good music. If they can provide a whole set of music that I am unfamiliar with and I’m still able to bob my head and vibe off the energy then I think that is the true definition of talent. They are undoubtedly one of the best artist to come out of Philly with their sense of originality, musical ability and performance quality. We so often see a talented artist create a name for themselves underground and then get a taste of mainstream success provoking them to change their whole style. The Roots have never strayed from the audience that has been supporting their music from the beginning and that is what has probably allowed them to keep a loyal fan base and remain relevant and well respected in todays hip-hop world without much play from radio and television. Check out the other videos from the night HERE