The Roots Perform “Act Too” With Common and Talib Kweli Adds a Freestyle (Video)
Last night, Central Park in New York City hosted the season-ending concert for the Big Apple’s SummerStage program, an outdoor performing-arts festival that brings hundreds of free shows to residents each year. Now in its thirtieth season, SummerStage provided Heads with some major Hip-Hop heat including performances from Afrika Bambaataa, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Joey Bada$$, Marley Marl, Masta Ace, and more. Yesterday, the Roots took the stage and brought along some special guests including Bilal, Cee Lo Green, Jeremy Ellis, Marsha Ambrosius, and Salt ‘N’ Pepa. For fans of Neo-Soul and Hip-Hop, the lineup was ideal and the free admission was enjoyed by thousands.
One of the evening’s most memorable moments came in the form of a surprise appearance from Common, who joined his longtime collaborators and fellow MCs Black Thought and Talib Kweli as the three performed a rendition of the Roots’ 1999 song “Act Too (The Love of My Life)” from the group’s masterful Things Fall Apart album. Talib Kweli, who doesn’t appear on the song’s original cut, contributed a freestyle verse, shouting out his daughter in the audience. The crowd’s reaction to Common’s entrance was electric and – as is no surprise to Heads – the Roots’ live band performance is unmatched. Check out the true Hip-Hop moment right here.