The Roots mural is located in the footprint of the legendary Pep’s.
Philly’s jazz legacy spans the generations from bebop to hip-hop. In an interview with the Smithsonian Jazz Oral History project, NEA Jazz Master and Philly native Percy Heath said:
Anyhow, they [hip-hop artists] take little pieces of some things that were written in the bebop era, post-bebop era, and they make little licks out of it and they use it. That’s good that some people, they listen to hip-hop. So, hip-hop is like bebop was back then, revolutionary movement. This business of rapping, I used to do that in the schoolyard when I was twelve years old.