The NPR Tiny Desk concert series has to be one of our favorite live music sources at the moment. Each show always unveils something surprising, and we were, for sure, not expecting to see the Legendary Roots Crew perform their new song “It Ain’t Fair” for this week’s installment.
When artists grace the NPR desk, they usually prepare 2 to 3 songs, all performed in a longer, more intricate and detailed manner. For this one, Questlove, Black Thought, Bilal, were backed by a soulful 7-piece horn section for a 12-minute performance of a saucy intro and a single song, giving focus to the masterpiece called “It Ain’t Fair.” Bilal still proves to be one of the most powerful vocal forces in soul and r&b, and with Black Thought’s provocative rhymes, the performance is an explosive gift to mankind in the form of live music by The Roots.
Broken in dramatic parts for this performance, “It Ain’t Fair” is the signature track from the “Detroit,” a movie about the race riots that happened in 1967. Truly a social commentary of the smoother, masterful kind, the song gives off a pleasantly chilling wake-up call, especially to those who would like to confront the past and current evils of racism that still exist.
This one gave us goose bumps of the best kind—the kind that only pure, quality live music can give, and we highly suggest you watch this video right now.