The Roots Get Soulful At Hangout Music Festival

by Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The Roots kept the hip-hop vibes going on the second day of the Hangout Music Festival. Black Thought, QuestLove and The Legendary Crew’s band took over Gulf Shores, Alabama with their trademark hip-hop soul. Accompanied by keys, bass and even a tuba, the Philly-bred collective kicked crowd favorites like “You Got Me” and the sultry “Break You Off” as well as cuts like “Get Busy.”

The Roots even remixed Damien Marley’s “Welcome to Jamrock” with “Welcome to Hangout.” “Thank you Hangout Festival for showing us a tremendous amount of love. Yours truly, the legendary, hardworking,” said Black Thought, fittingly outfitted in three quarter pants. The Roots frontman then shouted out host Sway, who was enjoying the set. “Whattup Sway?”

Hip-hop has had a major presence at the festival. Earlier today, legendary group Public Enemy performed songs like “911 is a Joke” and “Can’t Truss It.” Yesterday, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis kicked things off with “Thrift Shop” as well as “Same Love” and “Crew Cuts.” At one point, Macklemore jumped into the beach-loving crowd to ride an inflatable whale.

It was the first time Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were performing in Alabama and the two shared with MTV that they were having tons of fun. “You know what? [I] Immediately hit the catering … catfish!” said Macklemore about how he was spending his downtime. “You can’t go wrong with catered catfish at a festival. It came with some sauce, the sauce was great. That was amazing and then we walked out and there’s hammocks and I fell asleep for like two hours.”

There’s more hip-hop to come. The ubiquitous Kendrick Lamar will perform tonight. His performance and all of the sets can be streamed live online. MTV, VH1 and CMT will be on the ground at Hangout 2013, bringing you all the latest news, interviews, performances and more from the Shores. If you’re not able to be there, be sure to check in and watch live streaming performances all weekend.

Starting Friday, MTV, VH1 and CMT will be on the ground at Hangout 2013, bringing you all the latest news, interviews, performances and more from the Shores. If you’re not able to be there, be sure to check in and watch live streaming performances all weekend.