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Black Thought – “Streets” feat. Tish Hyman (Video)

I told you that… the boss is back!

Hmm… Yep, I will approve that. Black Thought is a lyrical boss! Got a sponsored short embedded here for you (but we ain’t here for the biz; here for the BARZ, son). “Streets” is off the latest EP.


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Black Thought – “Conception” feat. Reek Ruffin (Video)

Visuals for that “Conception” (featuring Reek Ruffin) off Black Thought’s “Streams Of Thought” (Vol. 2). Out now.


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Black Thought – “Streams Of Thought” (Vol. 2) [EP]

Basic literary rules… if there is a Volume 1, there should at least be a Volume 2. Black Thought, lyrical literary genius, in turn, followed his first “Streams Of Thought” with a Vol. 2 (produced by Salaam Remi). Check the stream for more dopeness…


Black Thought – “Conception” feat. Reek Ruffin

Sure, Black Thought is a super-lyricist (even he said so on Pun’s debut LP, remember?). But how about some soul singing though? He’s sung a tune or three on The Tonight Show. Tariq has been known to go there on soulful tracks, too. Listen to the “Conception” jawn for the latest example.

Oh. And don’t worry. This one’s got the dope lyricism we expect, too.

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Black Thought Really Wants You To ‘Visit Philadelphia’ (Video)

The City Of Brotherly Love’s own, Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter definitely has Roots (had to do it) in the hometown, so there is a bias. But that does not mean the case he makes in this ‘Visit Philadelphia’ series, coaxing all to come, is not valid. You already know about the cheesesteaks and global eats from an earlier post (here), but watch up (above, continuing after the jump) and see more proof!

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Got Three Minutes For Some Good Food? Okay, ‘We Got You’ (Video)

Start it out so Philly and end up with eats halfway ’round the world. Are you okay with that? Then, yes, ‘We Got You.’

Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter of Grammy award-winning Hip-Hop band The Roots and Dustin Ross, co-host of weekly podcast “The Friend Zone,” meet up at a famous cheesesteak shop in North Philadelphia. Later, New York Times best-selling author Luvvie Ajayi and Founder and CEO of Skai Blue Media Rakia Reynolds strike up a conversation over tasty Moroccan food and belly dancing.
– Visit Philadelphia

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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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