- One ticket to see The Roots and Wale
- When: Sunday, August 9, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Chene Park
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- $45 for the rear upper pavilion (up to $66.95 value)
- $52.50 for the mid-upper pavilion (up to $77.20 value)
- $60 for the front upper pavilion (up to $87.40 value)
- $75 for for lower bowl (up to $112 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart
- Who’s in the band: Black Thought on the mic and ?uestlove on drums, backed by “Captain” Kirk Douglas on guitar, Damon “Tuba Gooding Jr.” Bryson on assorted brass, Mark Kelley on bass, Kamal Gray on keys, and F. Knuckles Walker on percussion
- Aliases: The Square Roots, the Fifth Dynasty, that band that’s on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
- Latest album: 2014’s …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, a concept that AllMusic.com describes as “an examination of self-destructive cycles”
- Before that: 2013’s Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs, a collaboration with Elvis Costello
- Number of Grammys won: four
- Black Thought’s five hottest MCs of all time: Kool G Rap, Rakim, Chuck D, KRS-One, and Big Daddy Kane, all of whom you can hear in his flow, which alternates between liqueur-smooth poetry and a righteously angry bark. He even imitated Big Daddy Kane for a verse on 2004’s “Boom!”
- His stage name: a shortened version of his first name, Olubowale
- His style: pulsing rhythms fused with a mighty lexicon and snappy syntax
- What it’s earned him: a coveted role in Rick Ross’s Maybach Music empire
- What else: a Grammy nomination for “Lotus Flower Bomb,” a Soul Train Award, BET’s Best Club Banger Hip Hop Award, and mixtape mingling with Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga
- His latest: 2015’s The Album About Nothing, an autobiographical record that uses—no joke—Seinfeld as inspiration. Wale and Jerry Seinfeld even had coffee together in a cover story for Complex magazine.