We Don’t Deserve Black Thought
December 14, 2017: Happy Anniversary to the greatest freestyle of all time.
Where were you on December 14, 2017?
I was getting ready for work. As soon as I hopped out of the shower an alert popped up on my phone that Hot 97 posted a Black Thought freestyle. What the alert didn’t say was Mr. Tariq Trotter had performed the greatest freestyle of all time.
Happy anniversary to Black Thought’s 10 minutes of pure excellence. It was an unexpected, yet welcome, surprise. The irony of this freestyle over Mobb Deep’s classic “BURN” is not lost on us. I remember how the internet went crazy, as it should have. The reactions on social media, as well as the comment section on Hot 97’s YouTube clip, are amazing. I just want to go back to that day for a few minutes, show the freestyle and also post a few reactions.
Black Thought is Your Favorite MC’s Favorite MC
“Sorry for ya loss. There’s a body in the car and it’s probably one of yours”
“I am a walkin’ affirmation that imagination and focus and patience get you closer to your aspirations”
“Pre-Kardashian Kanye, my rhyme play immaculate. Same cadence as D.O.C, pre-accident”
“Catch the herald, I’m fresh chopped and beveled. Rap on a doctrine level, so F. Scott Fitzgerald”
You’re Gonna Want All the Lyrics
Black Thought - Black Thought Freestyles on Flex | Freestyle #087
Black Thought Freestyles on Flex | Freestyle #087 Lyrics: Uh, I'm sorry for your loss / It's a body dead in the car and…
And Now Some Reactions
The Roots' Black Thought on How He Spit Nearly 10-Minute Viral Freestyle
Black Thought of the Roots talks about how he spit the freestyle that exploded on the internet.
“As an actor, the theatrical side of me identifies with the concept of having a script, memorizing the lines, then being able to be off book, so to speak. If you know your lines, everybody else’s lines, you have those beats in your muscle memory, then you can improvise and go off-script.” — Black Thought
Here's Why Black Thought's 10-Minute Freestyle Is So Remarkable
The Roots' Black Thought proved yesterday that eviscerating lyricism still matters in hip-hop when the rapper dropped a…
“From the breath control to the stacking of metaphors to the spectrum of his playful pop culture references woven throughout, there is something remarkable about holding that sheer volume of wordplay in your dome at a time and being able to let it off at a moment’s notice in one take.” — Sidney Madden, NPR
The Lesson of Black Thought's Viral Freestyle
Somewhere in the second minute of Black Thought's viral freestyle performance on Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex show on…
“The densely arrayed metaphors, the calibrated poise, and casual displays of erudition (“I’m international — my passport pages are like “War and Peace”) all point to an artist who remains thoroughly in control of his gifts.” — Jelani Cobb, New Yorker
Black Thought Absolutely Spazzes In Hot 97 Freestyle Over Mobb Deep's "Burn"
One of the greatest of all time, Black Thought, shows wack rappers how to really do this freestyle thing in a new…
“For the real competitive, hardcore, want-to-be-the-best type of an MC, watch this clip, study the words and how they connect and just don’t think Black Thought is that funny guy with Jimmy Fallon because you’ll experience a fate worse than death believing that.” — Kevito, Okay Player
Watch Black Thought's Ridiculously Virtuosic 10-Minute Hot 97 Freestyle
Don't be fooled by his current status as the leader of the Jimmy Fallon house band or his recent acting role on The…
“Black Thought is in top form throughout, dropping references to Franz Kafka, Buzz Bissinger, W.B. Yeats and “pre-Kardashian Kanye,” all seemingly without ever stopping to take a breath.” — Andy Cush, Billboard
Let Me End with This
You are the ultimate bar, (pun intended), that all MCs should aspire to emulate. Thank you, Black Thought!