The Roots, Mary J. Blige and Ronald Isley Dominate at Hennessy Artistry Finale
Hip-hop and R&B flooded Wall Street last night (Oct. 14) as The Roots, Q-Tip, D-Nice, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Ronald Isley, Bobby Brown, Mike Posner and Eve commanded the stage for the Hennessy Artistry finale in New York City.
Eve played host for the evening's festivities, welcoming The Roots crew as they sauntered onto the stage to a smoky purple haze. Black Thought, sporting a beige trench coat, served the Queens representatives in the crowd with lines like "I got you stuck off the realness," from Mobb Deep's 'Shook Ones Pt. 2,' all while Questlove tapped the drums. Then Bronx native D-Nice shocked the crowd by moving from his command at the turntables to perform his classic hit 'Call Me D-Nice' with the support of the band.
Seconds later, Q-Tip joined the hip-hop kings on stage, appearing as the dapper rhymer in a black ensemble paired with a polished white tie. With Black Thought assisting on the verses, Tip shot out lyrics from 'Electric Relaxation,' 'Sucka Nigga,' 'Check The Rhime' and 'Bonita Applebaum,' taking the Hennessy drinkers on a jamming trip through rap history.
To the surprise of Andre Harrell, Naughty By Nature's Treach and Vin Rock and Kidz in the Hall's Double-O, who all mingled in the crowd, Ronald Isley emerged like the royal highness he was, donning a velveteen blazer and shooting a gold brocaded cane in the air as he crooned through 'Between the Sheets' and 'Footsteps in the Dark.' "I'm gonna do something everyone of you can do," Isley said, moving into