More than anything The Roots are musicians pure and simple. Their love of music practically flew off the stage into the crowd like the beads of sweat soaking everyone vibing with them from the start of each song.
They paid homage to their soul predecessors mixing in Donna Summer within an instrumental break of “You Got Me” (excuse me while I take a moment to reminisce about family cookouts in Chicago) and mashing “Get Busy” with Kool & The Gang‘s 1970′s hit “Jungle Boogie.”
Feeling the love of the younger-skewing crowd, The Roots also tossed in a couple of nods toward hip hop’s future, slipping a few bars Chief Keef‘s “I Don’t Like” and Kanye West‘s “Mercy” in transitions between tracks as cheer bait.
Toward the end of their performance, as they transitioned into “The Seed (2.0)” (remember Cody ChesnuTT?!) I couldn’t help but get excited for their hometown show at Philly 4th of July Jam later this summer. If their Hangout performance is any indication, The Roots’ headliner status then will be off the charts. VH1 will be there, bringing you live coverage like we’ve been here in Gulf Shores, Alabama, plus on-demand clips and exclusive interview footage from our Hangout Hub.