When it comes to giving some of the greatest live hip-hop concerts around, there are few in the music industry who can do it better than the Legendary Roots Crew. In the process of recording 13 albums over their nearly 20-year-career, they have cemented their reputation as one of the best Hip Hop acts of their generation and one of the best live shows you’ll ever see. So when you give the Roots the resource of being in Los Angeles during Grammy Weekend when almost every major musician you can think of is in town, you know they are going to go as hard as they can.
The Roots at a Grammy Jam is like a normal Roots show on HGH. You never know what or who to expect expect. With Past guest appearances and performances from Prince and Anita Baker, Fiona Apple’s first appearance after a four-year-hiatus, random and impromptu Black Star sets, and a legendary drum-off battle between Travis Barker and Questlove, this show has elevated this show to a must-attend event among industry insiders, musicians, and music aficionados everywhere.
After several years of great jams at the Key Club on Sunset, they finally outgrew their original space and expanded moved the party up to the Music Box in Hollywood. Great ideal in a wonderful venue, since it gave party goers and musicians much more room to mingle in and party in all around. It was an all around great time for everyone involved, and random celebrity sightings were some of the best to date. Not only did you find yourself rubbing elbows with the likes of David Banner, Fonzworth Bentley, Jaheim, Les Nubians, Spree Wilson, Craig Robinson, and the legendary Booker T, the performance lineup was even better. With appearances by Taj Mahal, Chuck Brown, Betty Wright, a wonderful rendition of “You Got Me” with Black Thought and Estelle on the hook, Too $hort, Lalah Hathaway, Ne-Yo, Ryan Leslie and Melanie Fiona, Marsha Ambrosius, Ana Tijoux, Anthony Hamilton Raheem Devaughn, and Doug E. Fresh, there was no way that you showed up and were not entertained.
The highlight of the night, however? The amazing moment in time I shared with the legendary Chaka Khan. While making a brisk walk to the exit after doing an amazing version of “Sweet Thang” with the Roots, I accidentally ran into Chaka coming back from the bar. I took the opportunity to stop Ms. Khan, looking her directly in the eye and whispering “Thank you; I love you” directly to her. She then took my hand, pulled me close for a hug and whispered “Thank YOU, you’re such a sweet baby” and continued on her way. Those moments right there? Exactly why getting to the Roots Grammy Jam is a MUST every year.
As always, all thanks and glory go to Gingerlynn and her wonderful “Good Time Girl Productions.” One of the best Can’t wait to see what you guys have planned for next year.