The Roots Call In Super Guest Firepower For Miami show

The Roots have long since proven that they have the chops to play with anybody. (Even Muppets). But at Saturday night’s Hennessy Artistry show at Miami’s Ice Palace Studios, the Philadelphia collective was nearly upstaged by a highly unexpected guest: Bobby Brown. Yes, “the new jack swing lady slayer” himself, as Miami New Times put it.

With ?uestlove, Black Thought and the rest of the Roots providing support, Brown plowed through tracks from his 1988 Don’t Be Cruel LP before closing with an acidic rendition of his classic “My Prerogative”. And yet, despite whatever preconceived notions we might have against the former New Edition singer and ex-Mr. Whitney Houston, “against logic, the match was total fucking magic”.

That’s not to say Brown’s appearance was the brightest moment of the night — only the weirdest. The rest of the show was a typical night for the Roots — which is to say it was sublime. With the pioneering rapper Q-Tip on the microphone, the band started the show with a cover of the Jungle Brothers’ “J. Beez Comin’ Through,” and proceeded to rip through an opening set of nine songs that included  N.W.A.‘s “Straight Outta Compton”, Eric B. & Rakim‘s “Microphone Fiend” and Slick Rick‘s “Mona Lisa”.

See the full review and photos at Miami New Times.