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Black Thought, Common & Freeway Spit Alongside Method Man & Redman For “4,3,2,1” Remix

“4,3,2,1” is a classic hip hop group from LL Cool J, Canibus, DMX and Master P from 1997 Phenomenon of LL who clearly still lives on. Plus, a slew of great MCs remixed the version at The Roots’ Picnic Festival during J.Period’s Live mix tape set for Saturday (June 1). Black Thought, Common, Method Man, Redman and Freeway teamed up to give this instrumental a new rendition, and fans seemed quite impressed both online and live. Black Thought in particular also spit out many classic instrumentals, including Wu-Tang Clan’s “Protect Ya Neck,” Raekwon’s “Ice Cream” and GZA’s “Shadowboxin’.”

“30 years ago today with six one-way tickets in hand we took a risk and left our beloved city of Philadelphia for the shaky shores of Londontown – specifically Camden – the East Village Of London,” wrote Questlove about The Roots’ Picnic Festival and this particular moment with Black Thought and company. “Two weeks into our stay we did our first festival (a last minute side stage for (Glastonbury)) and we promised whore or crook that we would bring a festival to our city.

Questlove’s post thanks Black Thought, Common, Method Man, Redman and Freeway for their amazing “4,3,2,1” rendition

“In 2008, that dream came true when the first @rootspicnic became a reality,” Questlove continued, later adding a comment in his caption about this Black Thought, Common, Freeway, Method Man, and Freeway pairing. “We wanted quality acts and a variety (some older names, some newer names, some right up your alley and especially the ‘wtf!!!?’ variety – let you guess) – what I’m particularly proud of is our ability to deliver them choose when they’re brand new (…) This moment was epic: @methodmanofficial @redmangilla @phillyfreeway @common @jperiodbk @stroelliot and their fearless leader @blackthought making it look so easy.

Full Live mix tape Set at the Roots’ Picnic Festival 2024

In the meantime, this show from Black Thought and company hopefully went better for the Method Man crowd compared to how disappointed he was with the Summer Jam crowd recently. “Not our audience at all…” he wrote about the event. “Thank you again, New York and the entire tri-state (who showed up at the event) plus Pete and Ebro. I have love for you guys, but never again. At this point the generation gap is just too big for me. #never coming back.”

About the author

Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started as a weekend writer in 2022 and has developed a strong knowledge of hip-hop news and releases since joining the team full-time. Whether it’s regular reporting or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and finds the best new releases in the genre. What excites him most is finding interesting stories from pop culture, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip hop and its contemporary production. Gabriel especially likes the edges of rap music: the experimental, groundbreaking and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. A proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays informed about the archipelago’s local scene and its greatest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie and beyond. Prior to working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, location spotlights, and audio podcasts covering a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his reporting during his time at George Washington University in DC. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA and Earl Sweatshirt.