Statik Selektah drafts Black Thought, Royce Da 5’9, and Action Bronson to kick hardcore lyrics over some jazzstastic and soulful production. “The Imperial” is nothing if it is not the verbal display of talents that mere mortals cannot possess. Black Thought’s verse is everything I’ve been trying to tell fools for years. People look at me crazy when I mention his name when asked who’s the greatest. Sue me, but I dare you to prove me wrong. His resume is just as extensive as anyone you can retort with.
I have nothing to say. KICK IT!!!
**wait I thought of something, I have said it before and I will continue to say it until I have no more breath in my lungs. Black Thought is one of the best to EVER do it. EVER. PERIOD. SHUT. YOUR. FACE.
As Philadelphia’s legendary Roots Crew prepares to drop their latest album, And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, they give us another look into the project. “Understand” features Dice Raw on the hook with Black Thought and Greg Porn providing the lyrical content. Everything about this track is on point for me, from the beat to the content, this is everything I have come to love about The Roots. The album drops on May 19th and it is darker than Undun to me, if there is such a thing. Fallon’s house band by night and still one of the most important hip-hop collectives by day.
On May 19th, The Legendary Roots Crew will drop their 13th album & Then You Shoot Your Cousin. A satirical concept album, &TYSYC, is rumored to be a bit shorter and “more dense” than their last conceptual album Undun. If “When The People Cheer” is a fair representation, then that statement is very true. The bass line, the keys, the drums, the vocals, and everything else on the track seems to exist in their own space devoid of the rest, then come together to create the heavy end product. Sonically, this track is very much in the same vein as How I Got Over, if you ask me, and that’s a good thing. Lyrically, the Anti-Rap opera as the group is calling the album, is a pretty dope concept. Greg Porn and Black Thought each take on characters that shadow the general rap formulas used to sell records. The cliches lose their appeal though, something about the way these stereotypical verses are spit that expose the falsehoods of the rap game as opposed to glorifying them.
When How I Got Over dropped, it seemed like every song on the album was speaking to me specifically. The title track did so especially. We got a lot of vulnerability from Black Thought on that album. The songs were personal, coming from deep within Tariq’s essence. His lyrics tugged on the very chords which play my heartbeat. It doesn’t matter where I am, I gravitate towards this album if it’s being played. I lose focus on whatever is at hand.
I love hip-hop for various reasons, none of which are greater than moments like this. Another one of my favorite moments below, another Black Thought moment, this time with David Banner live at the Roxy in Los Angeles.
How I Got Over, was a solid effort in my opinion and “Now or Never” is certainly one of the stand out tracks. Phonte’s verse here is the stand out, which is saying something on anything that features Black Thought.
A Hip Hop history lesson courtesy of Professors Ghostface Killah and Black Thought. Featured on Tony Starks Apollo Kids album, which drops December 21st. Be sure to cop that, Ghostface only drops gems