The Roots Mural to Be Unveiled in Philadelphia
The Roots are one of the most endearing rap groups in hip-hop. Now the hardest-working band are being honored in their hometown of Philadelphia with an honorary mural.
The mural, which was commissioned by the City of Philadelphia, will be unveiled at a dedication ceremony on May 31, according to muralarts.org.
Designed by Amber Art and Design featuring Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, the wall art pays tribute to the illadelph crew in such a unique and honorable way.
The mural is absolutely gorgeous. If you look closely, you can see all the band members profiles including Questlove's infamous afro and hair pick. There are also boomboxes and a tape that reads "Illadelph Halflife," which is the title of the group's classic third album.
“The first meeting with the artists was amazing; we shared ideas of what the final mural could end up looking like. It’s beyond anything Tariq and I ever dreamed of," said Questlove about the mural. "And to have it along South Street, near the same corners we were kicked off of for playing our music is fantastic."
The Mural Arts Program, which launched in the Fall of 2011, provides year-round art education to over 1,500 students throughout Philadelphia. The multifaceted project also includes a talkback lecture series called “Roots 101” in honor of the Philly band.
The dedication ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET. There will be food, prizes, music and a special appearance by the Roots.
Then on June 1, the 2013 Roots Picnic will kick off at Penn's Landing. The all-star concert boasts an impressive lineup of music acts including Naughty by Nature, Macklemore, Trinidad James, Solange, Hit-Boy and many others.
Congratulations to the Roots on their mural and their educational initiative with the Mural Arts Project.