Pharrell & The Roots At The Roots Picnic (2017)



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    If you are a true Neptunes Fan, then you shouldn’t have missed this years Roots Picnic with Pharrell & Co. in Philadelphia. Straight up, this was one of the best Neptunes Throwback Concerts that Pharrell ever performed with the help of The Roots, Shae Haley, Tyler, The Creator, Pusha T, Noreaga, SWV and more. Billed as Pharrell and the Roots, the aging-averse producer with the lovably strained falsetto led his backup geniuses through over an hour of hits he made for others, as well as a few returned favors for himself.

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    It all started with a JB Smoove Introduction and Daft Punk’s ‘Lose Yourself To Dance’ and Robin Thicke’s infamous ‘Blurred Lines’ kicked things off unapologetically, before dipping back for NER*D’s sweet 2002 deep cut “Run to the Sun” and then a karaoke session like no other. First, Pharrell sang Clipse’s “Young Boy” and “What Happened To That Boy” with the band backing up every horn skronk and Birdman trill, before Kim-Jong-of-the-crack-song Pusha T himself appeared for his own mini-hits set of “Mr. Me Too” and “Grindin’,” plus a sizzling, Snoop-free “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” before Noreaga came out for a merciless “Superthug” and “Nothin’,” and made it clear this was some kind of coronation for the Neptune-turned-superstar, gushing to his buddy.

    Black Thought & Pharrell
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    After those were finished Noreaga honored Pharrell saying he was the best producer alive and even got Pusha T back on stage to confirm him as ‘GOAT’. Pharrell of course was very humbled by their praise and was bashfully smiling and bowing to them. “You’re the best producer of all time, I can't believe that I fell onto you. I love you, your wife, your triplets, you've got super sperm.” That led to NER*D’s ‘Rock Star’ and ‘Provider’ the latter fitted with a little solo time for the saxophonist, and a warp-speed medley of as many famous Pharrell jawns these expert improvisers could think of.

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    “Hot In Herre,” “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me),” a “Pass The Courvoisier” that got everyone jumping, a “Lap Dance” that sent a mic-less Tyler, The Creator bounding onto the stage for dancing and goofy mugging, and a “She Wants To Move” that devolved into Pharrell on a Latin percussion kit doing drum battle with Questlove. A quick spin through smashes you nearly forgot about, by Gwen Stefani, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Justin Timberlake became a four-sideman drum-machine duel before a triumphant, nearly climactic ‘Get Lucky’.

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    Towards the end Pharrell gave a little story/speech about how he, Chad, and Shae were discovered by Teddy Riley and then they were able to make their first record with ‘90s R&B trio Sisters With Voices. SWV performed ‘Use Your Heart’ and ‘Right Here’. Pharrell ran across the stage saying S, S, W, U, U, V once that part came up. Then he introduced a child named Reef to clap onstage during the actual climax, ‘Happy’ and not a festival attendee by then felt like a room with a roof.

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    Pharrell Williams just made a little kid's dream come true by getting him a ride to his concert and serenading him with "Happy" onstage. Eight-year-old Reef Carneson suffers from acute lymphoblastic leukemia and has been in the hospital since he turned one. He's a huge Pharrell fan and dreamed of meeting him someday.

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    Once Pharrell got word, he invited Reef to his Saturday night show in Philadelphia. However, Reef's immune system is too weak for air travel, so Pharrell hired a private car to drive him all the way from Cincinnati. Pharrell put them up in a 5-star hotel, got them tickets and backstage passes. Best of all, Reef and his sister got onstage with him for "Happy." Thanks to Hunter and the Grindin Fam for the information. Check out the complete tracklist and the performance below.

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    Pharrell & The Roots (Live At The Roots Picnic) (2017)
    01 - Intro feat. JB Smoove
    02 - Light Your Ass On Fire feat. Black Thought (Busta Rhymes)
    03 - Lose Yourself To Dance (Daft Punk)
    04 - Alright (Kendrick Lamar)
    05 - Come Get It Bae (Pharrell Williams)
    06 - Blurred Lines feat. Black Thought (Robin Thicke)
    07 - Everybody Is A Star (Pa Ra Ra) x The Seed (NERD x The Roots)
    08 - I Still Love You x Break You Off feat. Black Thought (702 x The Roots)
    09 - Maybe feat. Shae (N
    ERD)
    10 - Run To The Sun feat. Shae (NERD)
    11 - Stay Together feat. Shae (N
    ERD)
    12 - Frontin' (Pharrell Williams)
    13 - Cot Damn feat. Black Thought (Clipse)
    14 - Young Boy feat. Black Thought (Clipse)
    15 - What Happened To That Boy feat. Black Thought & Pusha T (Birdman)
    16 - Mr. Me Too feat. Pusha T (Clipse)
    17 - Grindin' feat. Black Thought & Pusha T (Clipse)
    18 - Drop It Like It's Hot feat. Black Thought (Snoop Dogg)
    19 - Superthug (What What) feat. Noreaga (Noreaga)
    20 - Nothin' feat. Noreaga (Noreaga)
    21 - Rockstar (Poser) feat. Shae (NERD)
    22 - Provider feat. Shae (N
    ERD)
    23 - Hot In Herre (Nelly)
    24 - I Just Wanna Love U (Give It To Me) (Jay-Z)
    25 - Pass The Courvoisier Part II (Busta Rhymes)
    26 - Lapdance feat. feat. Shae & Tyler, The Creator (NERD)
    27 - She Wants To Move feat. Shae (N
    ERD)
    28 - Drum Solo (Milkshake (Kelis), Hollaback Girl (Gwen Stefani), Got Your Money (Ol' Dirty Bastard), Like I Love You (Justin Timberlake)
    29 - Get Lucky (Daft Punk)
    30 - Use Your Heart feat. SWV (SWV)
    31 - Right Here (Human Nature Mix) feat. SWV (SWV)
    32 - Happy (PHarrell Williams)
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    *http://www.tmz.com/2017/06/06/pharrell-williams-serenades-kid-happy/
    *http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/7817593/roots-picnic-festival-2017-lil-wayne-cancels-pharrell-solange
    *https://www.instagram.com/pharrell/
    *https://www.instagram.com/pharrellwilliamsworld/
    *https://twitter.com/i_am_OTHER



  • Fuckkkkk



  • Meet me there family! I've never been to a Roots Picnic. I'll be damned if I miss this shit right here!



  • @ReggieVolume said in Pharrell Headlining Roots Picnic With The Roots:

    Meet me there family! I've never been to a Roots Picnic. I'll be damned if I miss this shit right here!

    Already. I believe we follow each other on twitter right?



  • @ReggieVolume I might actually take a flight out. I'll hit you up if I'm out there...



  • @earstylexzay yes, we do. See you there!



  • @ReggieVolume said in Pharrell Headlining Roots Picnic With The Roots:

    @earstylexzay yes, we do. See you there!

    dope!



  • These kinds of shows never happen in canada! lol





  • will this also mean new NERD featuring the ROOTS?
    So The Roots will officially be the band of NERD on their new albuM?



  • @lord_willin said in Pharrell Headlining Roots Picnic With The Roots:

    will this also mean new NERD featuring the ROOTS?
    So The Roots will officially be the band of NERD on their new albuM?

    Not necessarily. The Roots co-headline with the headlining act every year.



  • festival pier is about 45 minute drive from where i live. i feel like i should be going to this lol.



  • @pappoo

    Man everyone should come! lol then everyone can hit south st to grab some cheesesteaks from ishkabibbles


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    I bet the "Pharrell" headline is gonna switch to NERD after they surprise drop their album 😱. There's no reason for him to headline with a 3yr old solo record...



  • @Mavis said in Pharrell Headlining Roots Picnic With The Roots:

    I bet the "Pharrell" headline is gonna switch to NERD after they surprise drop their album 😱. There's no reason for him to headline with a 3yr old solo record...

    I definitely see him doing that...or he's just going to run down a lot of his features and hits through the years with The Roots and then have a surprise NERD set at the end or midway through.



  • so many of my friends were going, fuck I wish I could...



  • Just found out about this. This is going to be my first Pharrell concert.



  • @illegalicecream Same! so excited. I've been waiting for Pharrell to perform in the Philly area forever.



  • @TravisJenner You're really gonna see both of ur favs in the same year, happy for u dawg



  • @TravisJenner i'm from NJ. I gotta drive an hour and a half to see him. Totally worth it.




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