In the third and final segment of Black Thought’s time on The Combat Jack Show, The Roots lead man speaks on his early days in battling, Nas’ Illmatic and meeting Supernatural.
Toronto’s k-os took the stage alongside The Roots to perform track-eight (which features Black Thought) off his Black On Blonde LP.
Speaking of k-os and Black On Blonde, check back here tomorrow as we’ll be sharing an exclusive break-down of each track, provided by the T-Dot representative himself.
In the second episode of Combat Jack’s new Complex TV series, The Talented Mr. Trotter speaks on everything from meeting Rakim at the legendary Great Day in Hip-Hop shoot, his cypher with Mos Def and Eminem in 2009 and more, before kicking a freestyle with Just Blaze on the turntables.
On the debut episode of Combat Jack’s Complex TV-powered show, he sits down with the legendary spitter of The Roots crew to talk “beef” with one Nasir Jones, how he and his would-be partner ?uestlove got up, and much more.
Yet another reason why I need to go to at least one of Jimmy Fallon’s late-night gab fests, during a break in the action Black Thought and the venerable turntable maestro tear down the set with this dope impromptu performance. Props to OKP.
This leaked earlier, but we wanted to wait until we got the official green light from Statik to post. New single (which is available on iTunes now) off Statik Selektah’s upcoming album, Extended Play, dropping June 18th on Duck Down/ShowOff.
A few Saturdays ago the Let’s Move It Philly! benefit concert for the GrassROOTS Community Foundation went down, which featured the likes of Marsha Ambroisus, Chill Moody, Malene Younglao and the MMJB collective (shown here freestyling over various instrumentals). Props to HHS1987 for the footage.
Sitting down with Uber Urban, Black Thought speaks on being apart of Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon, getting into fashion (collaborating with Creative Recreation, etc), his autobiography with Maori Karmael Holmes and Jeff Chang, working with Tunde Adebimpe (of TV on the Radio) and Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) and how he’s still working on his (blues?) solo project, tentatively titled The Talented Mr. Trotter.
Black Thought breaks down the 2013 Oscar nominees for best picture with a rap.
Kareem Fort and Kevin Nottingham have teamed up DEMOS; a documentary to help educate and inspire the emerging hip hop independent artist to accelerating their career.
DEMOS primary objective is to provide insight on the myriad of ways to establish or further enhance a successful independent music career. Industry veterans along with well established indie artists will share their experiences, advice and techniques proving an invaluable and unprecendeted resource for the up and coming artist. From scholarly advice about branding and getting noticed to revelations about submitting content to media outlets.
Artists featured include El Prez, Talib Kweli, Black Thought, Skyzoo, Hopsin, DJ Quik, Torae, Dwele, Crooked I, THURZ, No I.D, Rapper Big Pooh and many more. Take a look at the trailer below.
Celebrating the release of Adam Mansbach’s acclaimed new novel, Rage Is Back, J.PERIOD recruits legendary Roots front man Black Thought for an exclusive new dub plate collaboration: “Rage Is Back (Freestyle),” the first single off J.PERIOD’s forthcoming “Rage Is Back” tape dropping later this month.
Set against the backdrop of graffiti-era New York, Manbach’s Rage Is Back delivers a mind-bending journey through a subterranean world of epic heroes and villains, and is already being called “the great American graffiti novel”. Rage is Back is currently Amazon.com’s “Book of the Month”
Talib Kweli has been shaking things up musically with the latest releases he’s been dropping. Black Thought and Rah Digga tear up “Art Imitates Life” with their feature bars and Talib recruits YMCMB member Jae Millz and Stones’ Throw Oh No on the heavy “One, Two”. Talib plans on dropping his Prisoner of Concious on April 23rd, but you can find these two tracks on iTunes now.
Art Imitates Life f. AlBe Back, Black Thought & Rah Digga
One Two f. Jae Millz & Oh No