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Win Tix To The Roots Picnic [Giveaway + New Art + New Artists!]


The 5th Annual Roots Picnic is approaching more rapidly than a redneck trucker. The best summer-jam since Freaknik '89 is going down in the festival pier at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, PA on June 2 and 3. Don't believe us? Maybe this clip from last year's picnic will refresh your memory. Here's what you need to know:

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De La Soul, Wale, Kid Cudi, and Rakim are the headliners, along with The Roots, of course. Plus a gangload of other amazing performers (check the flyer for the full list), so yeah…it's gonna be all the way LIIIVE!!!

TICKETS:

Purchase your tickets soon (like, now?) via Ticketmaster.

>>>Buy 2-Day Pass

>>>Buy Saturday Tickets

>>>Buy Sunday Tickets

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Interview

Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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