The Roots Team with Public Enemy to Perform It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Avoid Jimmy Fallon’s Awkward Karaoke Night Excursions

Unless you've been living under a rock or in a recession-proof 1990s-themed bunker, you already know that The Roots are holding it down as the backing band on the new Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show. And perhaps you've heard that the guys are doing a regular residency at New York's Highline Ballroom. If you're a superfan, you're also aware of the Whole Foods-exclusive multigrain cereal they're putting out, called "Root-ios" and possibly even about ?uestlove's upcoming series of home-gardening DVDs*.

But did you know The Roots are fleshing out the lineup of their Philadelphia-based Roots Picnic with the announcement of acts like TV on the Radio, The Black Keys, Santigold, a crazy band called The Pipes (which features Lenny Kravitz's daughter Zoe and indie rapper Busdriver), DJ Jazzy Jeff and Cash Money, Asher Roth, Kid Cudi, Busdriver (again), Making Time, Back to Basics, and Writtenhouse?

But hey folks, the real story here -- as you may have guessed from the headline -- is that The Roots are backing up headliners Public Enemy, who'll be performing their seminal album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back in its entirety. Don't believe the hype, sure, but this outing sounds like the safest bet you can make when it comes to awesomeness

06.06.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Roots Picnic at Festival Pier

*Not strictly true.

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