Black Thought
American actor and singer
Black Thought
Tariq Trotter, better known as Black Thought, is an American hip-hop artist who is the lead MC of the Philadelphia-based hip hop group The Roots, as well as an occasional actor. Black Thought, who co-founded The Roots with drummer ?uestlove (Ahmir Thompson), is widely lauded for his live performance skills and his complex and politically aware lyrical content.
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Dismay and Relief After Kean Graduate Is Accused in Threats Against Blacks
NYTimes - about 1 year
Though the threats were deemed unsubstantiated, some students worried that the arrest of an activist, Kayla-Simone McKelvey, 24, would hurt their credibility.
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Talk Back: Thoughts on Unopposed BOE Races
Patchogue Patch - almost 5 years
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Talk Back: Thoughts on Tax Cap Override Option
Patchogue Patch - almost 5 years
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Hip-Hop Rumors: Is Black Thought from The Roots Going to Be a Movie Star Soon?
All Hip Hop - about 5 years
The Roots’ <a class="fplink fp-32881" href="/Black+Thought+1">Black Thought</a> is on a roll these days! First off, he’s bringing in that good, steady loot from moonlighting on the “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” show every week. His longtime Hip-Hop band, The Roots, had one of the best albums of 2011 in undun (although we think it’s a sin that they…
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The Roots, Hammersmith Apollo, London - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Led by the irrepressible Black Thought&#39;s rhymes and grounded by the metronomic drumming of ?uestlove – the group&#39;s founders and sole remnants of the original lineup – The Roots mix half-a-dozen genres into a single cohesive sound
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The Roots, HMV Apollo Hammersmith - review - Evening Standard
Google News - over 5 years
Much as they chafe against it, to pigeon-hole them as a hip-hop band isn&#39;t to wholly miss the point: their sound was initially lumpy, while vocalist Tariq &quot;Black Thought&quot; Trotter combined the drama of Public Enemy&#39;s Chuck D with Kanye West&#39;s nervy
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When Did it Become Okay to Hate Tavis Smiley? - The Atlanta Post
Google News - over 5 years
There was a time, way back in 1996, when Smiley was the go-to personality for black thought and public discourse. It started with his talk show on BET called “BET Tonight”, where he would put forth issues facing the community and soon after was
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J.Period x FluD x HipHopDX Giveaway - HipHopDX
Google News - over 5 years
... a secret stockpile of 8 unreleased J.PERIOD CD&#39;s includes a 5-song sneak preview of the highly-anticipated “Best of Q-Tip” Vol. 2, scheduled for release later this year, featuring NEW tracks from Pharoahe Monch, Black Thought, Zion I &amp; more!
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Nikki Jean collaborates with stars on 'Pennies in a Jar' - Philadelphia Inquirer
Google News - over 5 years
The next thing she knew, she was touring with Fiasco - who guests, along with the Roots&#39; Black Thought, on Pennies&#39; &quot;Million Dollar Motel&quot; - and had a new career awaiting her, singing hooks on rap songs. She wanted to play piano instead
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Thurz: "Riot" F. Black Thought - Prefixmag
Google News - over 5 years
This is the grimiest track we have heard in a minute, from Black Thought&#39;s teeth-clenched opening bars to DJ Khalil&#39;s bangin&#39;, organs-driven production to Thurz&#39;s frustration-fueled verse. Y&#39;all better not sleep on LA Riot, which drops Aug. 9
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Watch tUnE-YarDs Perform “Gangsta” With The Roots - Ology
Google News - over 5 years
Answer: a hipster-friendly rhythm-rock troupe looping itself on stage with Questlove and Black Thought. Yes, multi-instrumentalist Merrill Garbus (aka the pain in the ass to type tUnE-YarDs) made her network television debut last night on Late Night ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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Black Surfer Documentary 'Whitewash' Narrated By Ben Harper, Black Thought ... - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Narrated by Ben Harper and Tariq “Black Thought” of The Roots, the 75-minuted documentary film Whitewash will be available on DVD and VOD on October 4, 2011. In short, the film, directed by Ted Woods explores the history of rarely detailed surfing
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Rakim, ?uestlove, Black Thought and J.Period to Perform at POPPED! Music Festival - HipHopDX
Google News - over 5 years
Music Festival 2011 has announced that it will bring the likes of Rakim, ?uestlove, Black Thought and J.Period to the stage. In recent press release, POPPED! revealed that Hip Hop luminaries Rakim, ?uestlove and Black Thought of The Roots will grace
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The J Period Live Mixtape Featuring Black Thought – Tonight at Brooklyn Bowl - Birthplace Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
by Birthplace Magazine on July 5, 2011 Tamir Z. Brown and Lyrics To Go Entertainment bring the highly anticipated and critically acclaimed J.Period Live Mixtape Featuring Black Thought to New York City, touching down at Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday,
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Got Your Back 7.03 - Pound Magazine (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
there are several ways that an emcee is brilliant-voice/tone, wordplay, vocab, intonation/annunciation, but my favorites (save Black Thought) are always the ones with one or all of the above, and a sense of humour. i suppose this is also true for my
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 44
    In February 2016, Black Thought joined forces with Fashawn, Murs, and Del the Funky Homosapien to record a new track called "Rise Up" for the video game Street Fighter V.
    More Details Hide Details A music video for the song was released by Capcom, and includes appearances by Black Thought and his fellow collaborators.
  • 2015
    Age 43
    As of April 2015, the rapper has yet to release a solo album, but when asked about the long-awaited project, by a fan on Twitter, he said he's "working on it."
    More Details Hide Details He did not offer further details.
  • 2013
    Age 41
    In early 2013, Black Thought confirmed his continuing work, with Jim James and Tunde Adebimpe, on a solo album entitled Talented Mr. Trotter.
    More Details Hide Details At this time, he began work on a memoir with journalist and music critic Jeff Chang, as well as filmmaker Maori Karmael.
  • 2012
    Age 40
    Also in March 2012, Black Thought performed with Nneka and Clef nite at BET 106 and Park.
    More Details Hide Details They performed the song "God Knows Why," from the former's album Soul Is Heavy, which they collaborated on.
    Together with U.K. artist Lotek, Black Thought appeared on the song "Living in Bunkers," by Australian hip hop group Hilltop Hoods, which was released on the Drinking From The Sun album in March 2012.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 39
    In February 2011, Black Thought, along with 10.Deep and the "Money Making Jam Boys" collective—the latter of which includes Dice Raw, S.T.S., Truck North and P.O.R.N.—released the mixtape The Prestige.
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  • 2008
    Age 36
    In a June 2008 interview with Brian Kayser of the website HipHopGame, Black Thought spoke of another solo project that was scheduled for release on the Razor and Tie music corporation.
    More Details Hide Details He stated that there would be the possibility of Questlove working on production. As of September 2014, neither Black Thought nor the solo album are listed on the Razor & Tie website.
  • 2006
    Age 34
    In 2006, he began working on a collaborative project with producer Danger Mouse, titled Dangerous Thoughts.
    More Details Hide Details As of December 2011, the album had not been released.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2001
    Age 29
    Black Thought recorded a solo album, to be titled Masterpiece Theatre and released in 2001, but the project was scrapped after he learned that the album would not count toward The Roots' contractual commitments.
    More Details Hide Details Most of the songs from the project appeared on The Roots' Phrenology album.
  • 2000
    Age 28
    In 2000, The Roots won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "You Got Me", with guest performances by Erykah Badu and Eve.
    More Details Hide Details The Roots' album Things Fall Apart was nominated for the Best Rap Album award. For Jay-Z's acoustic concert for the television program MTV Unplugged, The Roots provided instrumentals. Succeeding albums were Phrenology (2002), The Tipping Point (2004), Game Theory (2006), Rising Down (2008), How I Got Over (2010), Undun (2011) and …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (2014) Black Thought starred in films such as Bamboozled (2000), Perfume, Love Rome (2001), and Brooklyn Babylon (2001). Black Thought's numerous musical guest performances include "Pimpas Paradise," by Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley; "Hard Hitters," by Dilated Peoples; "Stolen Moments Part 2," by Common; "X-Ecutioner Style," by Linkin Park; "My Favorite Mutiny," by The Coup; "Right Now," by Fort Minor; and "Rafiki," by Zap Mama.
  • 1993
    Age 21
    The Square Roots renamed themselves the Roots and released their debut album Organix in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details The Roots signed to DGC and followed up with Do You Want More?!!!??! in 1995. Recorded without any sampling, the album was more popular among alternative music fans than those of hip hop. Around the release of the album, The Roots performed at the Lollapalooza alternative music festival and Montreux Jazz Festival. Illadelph Halflife, the band's 1996 album, became its first album to chart within the top 40 spots on the Billboard 200 because of the successful single "What They Do". Things Fall Apart followed in 1999, the year the band played at the Woodstock 99 concert.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born
    Born on October 3, 1971.
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