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Black Thought Speaks On His Favorite Kool G. Rap Verse (Video)

‘Road To The Riches’ is one of my favorite verses of all-time too.

Black Thought breaks down his favorite verse from Kool G Rap’s “Road to the Riches” in our series.
– Pitchfork

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Black Thought – “Rest In Power” (Video)

Jay-Z has that docu-series debuting on the Paramount Network next week. Check out Black Thought’s contribution to the telling of “The Trayvon Martin Story.”

Black Thought’s powerful title track to our upcoming docu-series pays tribute to the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin. “Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” premieres Monday, July 30th on Paramount Network.
– Paramount Network

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Black Thought Says “You Can’t Be Top 5 If You Don’t Write” (Video)

How effortlessly does Tariq move from topic to topic to freestyle on air? A natural!

Black Thought passed through following the release of his latest project Streams Of Thought, Vol. 1.

He spoke about the rap beef, whether he really dissed Diddy and Biggie back in the day, Kanye West, how he prepares for his freestyles, and even spits a new one for Ebro In The Morning.

– HOT 97

Great insights in this, plus SKILLS!



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Black Thought – “Streams of Thought” (Vol. 1) [EP]

Okay. So this is what we’re doing Black Thought… packing an EP like the Warriors roster?? Ought to be dope judging from the lineup alone (9th, Rapsody, AND SP). But wouldn’t it be great if you got a preview, like a FREEview listen, before deciding if you’re gonna grab the download?

(Answer: Yeah, it would. So here.)


Black Thought And Lupe Fiasco Rocking For Hurricane Relief In Puerto Rico (Video)

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Puerto Rico! Hoooooo!

Somebody had to do it: that chant above and the show embedded above that. That’s Black Thought up top. Boom bap rapping and it don’t stop. Neither does this party with a purpose. So nod ’til you get a li’l loopy. Then catch Lupe after the jump. They were down there helping raise money for hurricane relief. Enjoy.

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Touré And Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter Talk About Inspiration, Imagination, And Responsibility (Video)

Lookit. If you don’t think Black Thought is not an all-time great emcee (as in a G.O.A.T., if not the G.O.A.T.), then we don’t have much to talk about. You may not get anything from this post.

But you still ought to watch his sit down with Touré. And learn… some RESPECT! Hmphf… acting like Tariq didn’t set Funk Flex’s mic on fire just over a month ago (watch again here).

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Jimmy Fallon Welcomes His ‘Second Favorite Rapper’ For A Chat (Video)

Tarik Trotter aka Black Thought of The Roots and Jimmy Fallon discuss the 10-minute Funk Flex Freestyle that smoked and left the Interwebs wide open. Look back on here and see how Thought got down and shut the off-top rhyme game down… AFTER you watch the talk clip above.


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Black Thought | Freestyles On Flex | Freestyle #087 (Video)

Funk Flex got Black Thought of The Roots to fall through and freestyle, too?? MANDATORY watching… this is not up for discussion. Tariq is that BEAST emcee that your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper is not trying to see!!

But you don’t have to take my word for it. Watch Thought do just like how you thought he’d do on here. Mic. Left. SMOKED!


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Method Man x Black Thought Cypher Live On Air (Video)

Respect! For these flows, AND for Meth going into the phone to ensure he was NOT caught slipping when he was on the mic live KNOWING that Black Thought was about to hop on and BEAST it with him!

These Legendary Roots Crew-Tang flows though! They KILT IT! Throw a plaid skirt on this sh!t!!

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David Banner – “Who Want It” feat. Black Thought x WatchtheDuck (Prod. By THX)

Mr. Mississippi is baaaaack. And Black Thought’s got his baaaack. Bad news for the wack. But oh so dope news for any heads out there. Because lyrics like this fam…

I got the wordplay of Wallace, the work ethic of Shakur
I was sent into to the future with a message from the Moors
I went to war, my weapon just a blessing from the Lord
Rest assured that my pen is more mighty than the sword
Black Thought, “Who Want It”

Oooh-hooo-hooooohhh my DAMN! David Banner does it again. Listen to him, WatchtheDuck, and Tariq run this THX track.


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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.


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Black Thought – “Promo Freestyle” (Video)

It’s titled ‘The Roots Picnic Promo’ but the headline oughta be ‘Black Thought Is A BEAST At Going Off Top!’ Watch as Questlove feeds freestyle topics to his homie, The Roots’ Rhyme Animal, Tariq.

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Scholarly Rhymes: Black Thought Going Hard On Harvard Yard (Video)

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!!

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Black Thought – “Making A Murderer” feat. Styles P (Prod. By 9th Wonder)

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!


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Black & Nickel (Black Thought x Royce Da 5’9) – “Rap On Steroids”

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!


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Black Thought Speaks On How Artists Got J Dilla Beats, Dilla’s Legacy And More (Video)

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.

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Freddie Gibbs – “Extradite” feat. Black Thought (Prod. By Mikhail)

“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).


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The 2015 BET Cyphers: Def Squad Reunited (Video)(Video)


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.

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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.

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