Kanye West, Clipse and Theophilus London all made surprise performances at The Roots concert on Thursday night for the NYC stop on the Diesel: U: Music Tour. Hundreds of fans gathered at Webster Hall in hopes of seeing rumored guest Jay-Z and scheduled performer Drake, who canceled at the last minute.
The Clipse wasn’t originally on the lineup, but after it was announced that Drizzy wouldn’t be able to make it out, they shocked the crowd. Running through their hits, “Grindin’” [Watch Below] and “Mr. Me Too” they ended their set with “Kinda Like A Big Deal.” Malice and Pusha brought out the Louis Vuitton Don to drop his verse on the track. The Clipse’s third album, ‘Til The Casket Drops, is slated to release October 20.
Headlining the night was The Roots who had a surprise guest of their own, Swedish indie artist, Lykke Li. The group, who are also scheduled to release their new album, How I Got Over, this October, played a short set performing such the title track from their new disc, “The Seed 2.0,” and a cover of “Jungle Boogie.”
The Diesel:U:Music Tour will hit Tokyo and Helsinki in the next few weeks. -Kamaria Gboro