Important music here from Black Thought, as he provides some visual accompaniment for his latest track, Thought vs. Everybody, the audio for which was released a week or so ago. As you will see, the video brings further clarity and importance to Tariq’s bars, thanks to some striking imagery of daily scenes from Black American lives, juxtaposed with photos and footage of black leaders and activists. The track is also spliced with audio clips from some notable black speakers, adding further weight to the song’s overall impact. The track is lifted from Streams of Thought Vol. 3: Cane and Able, which is due for release shortly.
It’s getting to the stage now where Mello Music Group are announcing and releasing albums faster than I can keep up with. And they all sound promising too. Take one of the forthcoming projects they have lined up, featuring a collaboration between Detroit legend, Apollo Brown, and Buffalo queen, Che’ Noir, which kicked off with a Black Thought assisted lead single. The album is further boosted by features from Skyzoo, Planet Asia, Ty Farris and Blakk Soul, who all seem like good partners for Che’s unflinching lyricism. You can hear Hustle Don’t Give for yourself below and pre-orders for the album are also available. The release date is set for 10 July. Continue reading “Apollo Brown & Che’ Noir ft. Black Thought: Hustle Don’t Give”
Benny the Butcher delivered his new EP in full on Friday, featuring a wealth of talent, including Jadakiss, Conway and Pusha T. While that might already appear as the ideal recipe for perfection, the opening joint features Black Thought and his usual brand of lyrical brilliance, backed up by some DJ Shay production. You can hear Crowns For Kings above and the rest of the EP can be found on Spotify.
New Black Thought bars to digest, as the Roots MC lets rip over some luxuriously jazzy production from Adrian Younge. Younge explains that his work is a “reminder of how music can lay the groundwork for self-expression and cultural awareness”, while urging us to “embrace Black History Month and take the time to realize how black music has shaped the cultural narrative of America”. The link to stream Noir is below. Continue reading “Black Thought x Adrian Younge: Noir”
Excellent new release from The Alchemist, as he drafts in a whole wealth of talent on his latest project. The Bread EP features Earl Sweatshirt – the video for which was released last week – alongside appearances from Conway, Westside Gunn, Black Thought and Roc Marciano. Considering the whole thing only weighs in at four tracks – plus four instrumentals – Alc has managed to cram in a hell of a lot of dope. It also features some of the most glorious cover art of 2018. You can stream the Bread EP below, as well as on all the other usual platforms. Continue reading “The Alchemist: Bread EP (Stream)”
The God MC, Black Thought, follows up this year’s earlier EP with a much welcome second volume. This time round it’s Salaam Remi who handles production and the result is a much more cohesive project, which echo Black Thought’s work with The Roots where he arguably seems most at home. The project is available to stream in full below. Continue reading “Black Thought x Salaam Remi: Streams of Thought Vol. 2 (Stream)”
A few months ago, it was announced that J. Period would be recording a live mixtape, featuring arguably three of the greatest MCs to ever pick up a mic – Rakim, Black Thought and Pharoahe Monch. The recording took place in New York, at Sony Hall and as well as the three main players, there were also appearances from the likes of Dres and Smif-N-Wessun. No surprise that the end result is a total barsfest, with everyone bringing their A-game to the mix. No mean feat considering it was all performed and recorded live in one take. The tape is basically split into three sections, with each MC performing some of their most loved material. Go lose yourself in the full project, which is available to stream below. Continue reading “J. Period ft. Rakim, Black Thought & Pharoahe Monch: The Live Mixtape (Stream)”
Striking and emotional new video from Black Thought for a track he has contributed to the upcoming documentary, Rest in Power: the Trayvon Martin Story. The video features Thought delivering his verses against a backdrop of footage from the demonstrations following Trayvon’s murder, as well as soundbites from various family members and other people associated with the tragedy. The documentary is scheduled to premiere on 30 July on the Paramount Network.
For almost as long as Black Thought has been rapping, his fans – and pretty much the entire hip hop world – have been clamoring for a solo project. Thought had begun working on a solo album a while back, but it was never given life and the idea of us ever getting to hear one from him became one of hip hop’s seemingly unattainable dreams. Even when it was announced a few weeks ago that he and 9th Wonder were working on a project together, it was half-jokingly assumed we’d never get to hear it either. Continue reading “Black Thought: Streams of Thought Vol. 1 (Stream)”
Just in case anyone needed a reminder of what a monster on the mic Black Thought is, he visited Funk Flex on his Hot 97 show and obliterated a freestyle session. 10 minutes of straight bars, no chaser. If you are an MC or want to have a better understanding of the technicalities and breath control that are required at the top, allow me to present your study guide.