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Published: 2013/12/10

Sufjan Stevens, Raekwon, Big Daddy Kane and More Celebrate The Holidays with The Roots

Sufjan Stevens, Big Daddy Kane, Raekwon, Bilal and many more sat in with The Roots last night during OkayPlayer’s Annual Holiday Party at the Brooklyn Bowl. The show also featured comedic performances from Reggie Watts and Hannibal Burress.

The Roots took the stage at around 10:30 for a quick beat-box segment with Rahzel before going into a reggae jam featuring guests Mr. Vegas, Christopher Ellies, Addis Pablo and Bunji Garlin. The group then brought out Valerie June, who sang “Winter Wonderland,” along with her own tune “Working Woman Blues.” Things took an interesting turn when Sufjan Stevens made an unannounced appearance for his originals “Holland” and “To Be Alone with You,” as well as “Holly Jolly Christmas.” Singer Bilal also came out for a number of tunes, including his cover of Radiohead’s “Everything In It’s Right Place.”

However, it was the closing hip-hop segment that got the audience most excited. Black Thought was the first take the stage, joining The Roots for a take on “The Next Movement.” Big Daddy Kane then hopped into the fray for “Just Rhyming With Biz,” “Set It Off” and “Ain’t No Half Steppin’,” with Black Thought holding down the Biz Markie parts on the first tune. Finally, Wu-Tang’s Raekwon ran on to the stage for “Incarcerated Scarfaces,” “Ice Cream” and “Guillotine (Swordz),” all songs from his 1995 release Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, to wrap it up.

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