The Roots have been making Philadelphia proud for decades, and now they finally have the street sign to prove it. On Sunday, drummer Questlove shared the news that the iconic group from the City of Brotherly Love officially now have a city street named after them. It’s a big honor for the Hip Hop heavyweights, even if it did come earlier than expected.
The sign was supposed to debut around The Roots annual Roots Picnic concert happening on May 30, but it appears the tribute couldn’t wait.
“Welp this is very Philly: technically we were supposed to wait for the vote and then like in May come Picnic Time we’d have an unveiling w confetti & kool aid lol,” Questlove captioned the photo of the new sign. “But cats was like ‘NOAP!!! WE FINNA PUT THIS JAWN UP NOW!!!!!’”
“Really awesome to see the place we honed our skills and craft embrace us like this,” he added.
The stretch of street is off of the equally iconic South Street in Philadelphia. The Roots first formed in Philly in 1987, with frontman Black Thought and Questlove meeting at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.