Hometown hip-hop heroes The Roots have been prominently featured in Philly’s 4th of July festivities for five years running, and each time they manage to step up their game. Amid the massive Independence Day heat on the Ben Franklin Parkway during last week’s Welcome America Festivial, the band ushered on a surprise appearance from soul / reggae / hiphop star Lauryn Hill. She performed a half-hour set touching on the hits from her 1998 album The Mis-Education Of Lauryn Hill, some throwbacks from her days with the 90s fusion band The Fugees, and a exuberant cover of Bob Marley’s classic “Could You Be Loved.” Check out a slideshow above care of photographer Brandee Nichols (who was covering the festival for JUMP Philly) and watch video of Hill’s full set below.
Ready or Not
Could You Be Loved
Doo Wop (That Thing)
Lauryn Hill, The Fugees, The Roots, Welcome America Festival