Jim Farber was on hand at the Roots concert at Lincoln Center Thursday night, the first hip hop show to ever be held there and was impressed with the group’s performance. Farber gushed, “Even without such add-ons, the Roots would have riveted. Everyone knows that rap rarely translates well to the live stage. But these guys long ago figured out how to make it dazzle. Even those who think they don’t like the genre would have been bowled over. Hopefully, it won’t take another 20 years for a rap act to play this tony place. Or for the genre to produce a group quite so worthy of it.”
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