Posts Tagged ‘Black Thought’
J. Period – “Rise Up!” feat. Black Thought (Of The Roots) x Posdnuos (Of De La Soul) x Pharoahe Monch x Joss Stone
YOOOOO! This jawn BANGS!! Beatz & Lyrics on display (nice working in that ‘Phoenix’ sample from Tariq in the breaks). Every lyricist bringing drive; racing down the J. Period track like we gotta get there. Where? To the revolution!
What does it mean to “RISE UP?” What does it mean to RESIST?
Produced by J.PERIOD, this epic single brings together an historic lineup of artists — Black Thought of The Roots, Posdnuos of De La Soul, Pharoahe Monch & Joss Stone — to explore the meaning of “resistance” and the state of our Union. Additional production and instrumentation from Stro Elliot (Playlist Retreat), Larrance Dobson (1500 Or Nothin, Kendrick Lamar, Timbaland) and Jesse Blum (Misterwives). RISE UP EP available May 2.
Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One: Magician David Blane Shows Up With A Deck Of Cards And A Frog… (Video)
You know you are a real magician when you can bring onlookers up for a really close look, then send them scurrying away like gleefully startled children. Hilarious, engaging and intriguing, watch master illusionist David Blane amaze Jimmy Fallon and The Roots in the clip above.
Yo, this is more than a suntan. It’s living color!
– Black Thought
The Roots emcee doing the lyrical d-a-m-a-g-e! Welcome to the Harvard i-lab. This is The Other Side Speaker Series featuring Black Thought the Super Lyricist with more and more BARS… steel BARS… hitting ’em in dead their eggheads!!
It’s disturbing when a murderer enjoys homicide.
– Black Thought
Hmmm… somebody took Hip-Hop terminology – killer track, murdering beats, deadin’ emcees and such – super serious! This “Making A Murderer” beat by 9th Wonder set the kindling out just right for them fire azz lyrics from Black Thought and Styles P to light. Yup, they blazed up and burned this thang DOWN!
Ever heard that Hip-Hop so dope it made you cuss out loud on the first listen? That’s this Black & Nickel (as in Black Thought of The Roots and Royce da Nickel Nine) jawn “Rap On Steroids” son! Stamped approved and put out on the Twitterverse by Questlove. It’s official!
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) April 3, 2016
Every year I would go to Detroit for, like, at least a couple of days to spend with Jay Dee; so that I could be one of the first people that got his tape for the upcoming season.
– Black Thought
Imagine if your biggest fans had fans. And your beat tape was ‘distributed’ by your biggest fans making an annual sojourn to your spot to come get it… Or just listen to Black Thought tell you about how he, Common and others used to check for Dilla back in the day.
Black Thought speaks on getting beats from J Dilla and Scott Storch back in the day.
J Dilla made it all possible. His music lives through Thought and all the singers and emcees that breathed over his beats.
“Extradite” is the truth people! Freddie Gibbs & Black Thought going in on the track produced by Mikhail (co-produced by Sid “Speakerbomb” Miller)… with that energy! You can catch that on “Shadow Of A Doubt” (due out November 20, 2015).
The headline says it all; like its own byline. Did you see the Cyphers this year? Always the best part of the BET Hip-Hop Awards. We expect a ‘wow’ moment or two from the Awards’ broadcast; and a Cypher is a good bet for a source. Well, there was [at least] a BIG one in this year’s – Erick Sermon, Keith Murray and Redman spitting with DJ Scratch taking the Preemo spot (see what we did there?) for the set. Def Squad comes back to life for the night! Good to see.
Click the pic above to start with the Squad. Got the rest of this year’s Cyphers linked after the jump.
Ice Cube Talks About The N.W.A. Biopic. Black Thought And Questlove Talk About Cutting Class To Listen To N.W.A. (Video)
Hahaaa! Li’l Black Thought and Li’l Questlove were ditching school to bump that filthy Gangsta-Gangsta N.W.A. music. That’s right, the purists were had their ears on the gulley gritty sounds of Ren, Dre, Yella, Eazy and Cube back in the day. And oh damn, Cube is a guest on The Tonight Show, talking to Jimmy Fallon about the biopic “Straight Outta Compton.” Watch them trip… and take a quick memory lane trip in the above clip.
Producer team Sean C & LV AND Black Thought (of The Roots) AND STS AND Peedi Crakk – “Fire” – what it is and what they are! Driving beat with bars… bars…and BARS! This is unreleased music left off the “Loud Dreams Vol. 1” LP release.
(Yeah, we wonder why this didn’t make the cut, too…)
Know anything about baseball? If so (or even if you don’t), you are probably very aware – and at least a bit melancholy – about the last trip around the diamond of New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter. Yep, the cap is calling it quits. But not before EVERYBODY (including the U.S. President) wishes him a bon voyage. The future hall-of-famer has spent all his 20 years as a pro in Yankee blue and white; so you can understand how, for even the most jaded New Yorker, it’s so haaarrrd say goodbyyyye to the team’s all-time hit leader.
But Black Thought and The Roots have got something (a song far better than the ‘attempt’ above; guaranteed). The group calls up a 2009 single – “The Fire” – for the heartfelt fare-thee-well. Rock out with your tissues out.
(If the clip above doesn’t get you, the one after the jump will.)
Watch Black Thought of the legendary Roots crew rip through a James Brown-inspired set at TheBoombox.com’s 16 Bars LIVE event presented by Honda.
Think ‘bars’ think Black Thought… makes all the sense in the world. And not many can bring it LIVE like this. Just saying.
Statik Selektah does it again with another banger! Showoff and Duck Down Music labels teaming to release “What Goes Around” (LP) to the teeming masses of Statik Selektah fans on August 19, 2014. But Stat Diddy went ahead and let “The Imperial” (featuring Action Bronson, Royce Da 5’9 and Black Thought) fall off the promo wagon. Pick it up below. This ill track got some quality spitters on this jawn. ‘Imperial’ is a perfect name for this joint right here. Superior lyricism & production. Dayaam! Be on the lookout for the new album ‘What Goes Around’ when it drops August 19th on Duck Down Records.
Black Thought And Questlove (Of The Roots) Talk About What’s Happened Since That High School Talent Show (Video)
The Roots’ Black Thought and Questlove chat with HuffPost Live; speaking on (among other things) Kellogg’s cereal, the latest LP, their gig at The Tonight Show, playing with Dave Chappelle again, and going head-up with Boyz II Men in a high school talent show… and LOSING! Hahaaaa. Everybody made out okay since then though. All good. Good clip.
The Roots Reflect & Go In-Depth About Their Career During Their ‘Town Hall’ Special on Sirius XM (Video)
Black Thought and QuestLove of The Roots made their way to Sirius XM Radio’s ‘Hip Hop Nation’ channel for a special Town Hall Discussion with Sway. In this special sit-down, both Philly buls opened up about their careers and go in-depth about their journey. It’s an hour long video & they get deeper than Atlantis with the history & insight in this one.
The Roots Speak About Not Having ‘Yes Men’ during their 25-Year Career, Their New Album, and Bringing Back ‘Soul Train’ (Video)
Black Thought & Questlove of The legendary Roots crew stopped by the ‘Breakfast Club’ to speak upon a variety of topics while promoting their new album “…and then you shoot your cousin.” This is one of those interviews where the answers were more interesting than the actual questions asked. Questlove & Black Thought managed to touch upon their history & the new album while provide their perspective on contemporary soul & rap music. The Roots also spoke about the sometimes uneasiness when meeting their idols, stressed the importance of not having ‘Yes Men’ in their camp, the social significance & challenges of bringing back ‘Soul Train’, & more.
“Sway sat with Questlove and Black Thought of The Roots on behalf of Hip Hop Nation on Sirius XM. In this quick clip, we see Quest behind the turn-tables, as Black Thought spits.” – Roots Town Hall on Sirius XM
“Rapid Eye Movement” by Pharoahe Monch (featuring Black Thought of The Roots) is four minutes of two legendary emcee going hard on a track with one mission… Hip-Hop perfection! Mission accomplished? Listen and answer for yourself. Beat by Marco Polo. Scratches by DJ Revolution. LP (“PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”) out by Tuesday, April 15, 2014 (available for pre-order at iTunes now).