Check Out The Fire This OG MC Is Getting Ready To Release! Spoiler Alert, You Ain’t Ready For It!
Typically we talk about new talent here. Those who are just finding their voices or who have finally found a platform to let it all out. But the funny thing is, sometimes there are artists who operate on such a high level, present and visible for so long, that you can almost forget about them. For instance, The Roots are a band that was started by Questlove and Black Thought decades ago, releasing their debut album in 1993. Since then they’ve released another 10 albums and are working on a new one. However, many people don’t even know The Roots for their music anymore, but rather for being on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. They’re higher profile than they’ve ever been but their work has been somewhat lost in the process.
And that’s why the solo album Black Thought, aka Tariq Luqmaan Trotter, is about to release is going to make such a big splash. The title is Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able which is a title evocative in and of itself. But when we dig into the first single that’s been released, Thought vs Everybody we’re immediately compelled to see Black Thought in a different, truer light. This is a man who has been operating at the top of his creative game for nearly 30 years. He’s dropped over a dozen albums, appeared in 12 movies, and has guest featured on more than 70 tracks by other artists.
The man just. Doesn’t. Stop.
So it should be no surprise that 2020 sees him dropping a single calling EVERYBODY out, referencing a handful of the most powerful and influential figures in black thinking throughout the years, slotting each one in between his own untouchable bars. What Black Thought manages here is something powerful and provocative. It’s a sharp slap of a reminder for any of us who have forgotten just who he is and what he’s about. Because, sure, he’s the funny dude we see chopping it up on the Fallon show, but there is so much more to Black Thought than simply our entertainment and the good news is, he’s not gonna let us forget that anytime soon!
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