Black Thought = The Last Emcee Alive…

Stop whatever you are doing now and buy yourself a ticket to the next Roots crew concert. Wherever that shit is at too. Fuck it, Anchorage Alaska. Dubai. Wherever. If for no other reason than to witness one of the last great emcees display the craft. It’s more than simply rhyming on beat for this cat. It’s more than just being a master of the ceremony or even a microphone controller.

Whoa. Pardon the excessive hyperbole, but after I watched this dude Black Thought for maybe the hundredth time I realized how important and deep the contribution of the Roots collective is to Hip-Hop. The ultimate Hip-Hop show would be the Roots crew backing up the Wu. That right there is the zenith. Mad brothers on stage who are all focused and wicked nice with their individual shit. Matter of fact, I’m printing tickets for that concert right now.

Black Thought was a beast at the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors concert. MC Lyte and Big Daddy Kane were also church, but Black Thought was a monster. I don’t know how many of you know Kool G Rap’s verse from the posse track ‘Symphony’ (another top 5’er for GOAT posse rap songs), but when you listen to Black Thought dissect G Rap’s flow and spit the verse exactly, almost with G Rap’s signature lisp, your jaw will drop (extra [ll], of course). He also mimicked a Guru song so nicely you thought Primo was gonna come on stage with his turntables.

It’s just good to be a fan of Hip-Hop sometimes. When you didn’t care about anything but Hip-Hop. When you didn’t give a fuck about marketing or demographics or anything else that wasn’t focused on the artform itself. Getting old is what makes you look for meaning inside of shit. You don’t have time to waste because you have to prepare a better place for those coming behind you. This is why the Roots will always be the shit for me. These niggas got soul.

I wanna see a Roots show with Wu Tang,
Rakim,
DeLa,
EPMD,
Redman,
Das EFX,
Mos Def,
Talib,
Mary J. Blige,
Busta Rhymes,
Q-Tip,
Phife Diggy,
Consequence,
Common,
Erykah,
KanYe,
Pharoe Monch,
OutKast,
Alicia Keyes,
and motherfucking Joell Ortiz.

Who do I need to talk to for this shit to happen?

  • Fire

    Black Thought is indeed one of the best MCs in history. The Roots’ Things Fall Apart is a classic from start to finish.

  • Boner jams 03

    stop sleepin on my nigga 3000 billy…

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    3K will rock at the show, but he ain’t no where on the level of Black Thought. I’m talking about more than just rapping or entertaining…

    I’m talking about emceeing.

    With that said, Goodie Mob should be up there also.

  • Fernando

    A roots show is definitely something any hip hop fan should go to . Sh!t, they are on the road 10 months out of the year so they hit just about every city. No excuse.

  • BirdsFlySouth

    Black Thought = The Last Emcee Alive

    Great news!! Now he needs to retire so we don’t have to hear the weak $h*t any more

  • http://bgdboom.blogspot.com Enigmatik

    gotDamnit, Billy…where the eff are Boosie, Rich Boy, Lil’ Weezy, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, and Tay Zonday?

    Your concert ain’t shit without Tay Zonday.

  • Tray

    That’s nice that he can duplicate G Rap’s lisp, but Black Thought’s OWN verses leave something to be desired… he’s nowhere near top 5.

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    what up BXS-

    black thought is a beast indeed. the album “the tipping point” is sometimes considered underwhelming by some peoples standards, but as a study on the art of emceeing, it shines. thought’s a beast, this we know, but what’s even more important for me is how his mastery of the craft is a true reflection of his respect for the art-form, his peers, and his predecessors. check the track “boom” where he spits from several different styles as an homage. guess the emcees!

    and the one man you need to talk to? ?uestlove of course.

  • gerard

    i pray for the day the roots crew will come back to birmingham

  • http://www.xxlmag.com EReal

    You should throw Del in that mix homie.

  • LaFaye

    Billy, if you’re going to put together a show like that, can we please have a Doug E Fresh/Slick Rick appearance in there somewhere. We don’t need to go any further than that.

    Much respect to the idea of an awesome show like that. Shit, I wonder how many dicks would I have to suck to see something like that come to fruition. (That’s rhetoric guys). I’m just saying.

  • http://ifux.blogspot.com i Fux aka Etheraldinho

    Yo Word is Bond, Billy Sunday. But ease off Joells Dick[||] he isnt that nice. Hey is the dude that you have beef with ButtahMan cuz *italian mans voice* that fucking guy is a piece of shit.

  • Famous

    Yo Sunday can I at least get a reply on this comment, even if it’s on this board. But yo, what’s good wit you and the new artists. How come you never do any posts about new artists. I’d really like to read your view on that. Please don’t be as naive as your Harris-Pub counterparts. Don’t put Plies, Lupe, or Rioh Boy anywhere close to your list. Start out wit Mighty Infamous from the Bronx and Wale from DC.

    Billy Sunday and Eskay for XXL Presidents. (cause all these other writers are stupid uncle tom’s)

  • Incilin

    I’m pretty sure Rock The Bells was as close to as you were gonna get to that lineup you pray for.

    I don’t know. I’ve seen Black Thought twice and thought he was ill but not as crazy as you say. Maybe when I see him for the 100th time I’ll really appreciate him.

  • NoMamesBuey

    Yo Sunday, I told you Black Thought was NICE & a GOAT candidate.

    Black Thought is slept-on because he is an introverted dude in the tradition of Rakim. Technically, he’s as good or better than anyone, whether on wax or in concert. But Thought doesn’t go on about his personal life on wax, like most jocked rappers of the past 10-15 years have ala Pac, BIG, Eminem, or Jay-Z.

    BTW Kweli admitted Thought > himself, & 1 of the best ever.

    And Jay-Z admitted “if skills sold truth be told, I’d prolly be lyrically Talib Kweli”

    So logically:

    Black Thought > Talib Kweli > Jay-Z

    Go ahead & have a heart attack, Jay stans. Yes, that includes you, professional Jay-dickrider YN.

  • NoMamesBuey

    BX Sunday,

    Half of your GOAT concert already happened, & is available on wax, er DVD.

    Cop Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.

  • BklynBandette

    That VH1 wrap up show was SICK last Friday night @ Nokia Theatre. Lyte and Big Daddy were BLAZIN’! But Black Thought was EXCEPTIONAL! I was thoroughly impressed.

  • http://1290wmcs.com Mike “The Party Killa”

    Swear 2 GOD I would bust a nut on myself if that line up was for a real concert!!

  • http://get-a-bar.blogspot.com sir tony blair

    Good line up for a show! That would be an ill festival right there!!! Get Chris Lighty on the phone with Rich Nichols and let’s put it together!!!

  • http://www.okayplayer.com questo

    thanks for the look. sometimes its real hard to get shine in this age of cooning/dressup/bafoonery/flashing cash. if that is the method in which cats wanna get to the finish line then so be it. im just happy SOMEONE with a blog got to witness the fine art of MCn. cats misconstrue mega punchlines, or a light show, an arsenal of hits, or the overpracticed art of suggestion (basically saying “im the best” so much that you actually believe it) as BEING A TIGHT MC.

    all i can say is. night after night. i watch this mofo go through a GAZZZZZZILON couplets and massive text without spot nor wrinkle. breath control: flawless, crystal clear and commanding voice, and ACTUAL LYRICS….wow a novel idea.

    thanks for the look.

    much appreciated.

  • BIG ROB

    You shouldn’t call your self a hip hop fan if you haven’t seen the Roots perform live. That goes for everyone from the 70′s babies to the 90′s.

  • LOL

    roots fell off.

    last 2 albums were DOO-DOO.

    The Black thought bandwagon jumping is almost as stupid as the Andre 3000, bandwagon jumping.

    stop tryin so hard to sound credible BILLY X.

    You sound whiter by the minute.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    LOL,
    You stay losing. More than you even know. You are now equating credibility with whiteness?!?

    Do you see how programmed you are? Whatever it is you listen to doesn’t matter anymore, because you played your mindset.

  • LOL

    no billy, im not sayin credibiltiy = whitness, way to show a lack of comprehension.

    No wonder u arent a legit journo.

    i said youre TRYING TOO HARD.

    like white people who TRY TOO HARD.

    black thoguht and the roots have fallen off.

    the only reason why they have a career is cause try hard white indie hipster faggots dickride their lame ass current material and they let them play hipster music festivals.

    the roots dont matter any more cause black people have moved on and got sick of fellow try hard Questlove who dickrides any white r&b singer.

    and u call ME programmed? LOL.

    WHY dont u go get a Fresh off the boat azn gf , you fuckin cornball.

  • Fire

    Come on LOL. It’s a matter of preference, not race or trying hard (if you’re a real fan you shouldn’t have to try hard). Why do you always take it there? Do you not have a reliable argument?

    If you’ll notice I said nothing about The Roots current music, I mentioned an album that is 8 years old (and a damn good one at that). The Roots have a career because they are good at what they do, not as good as when they first started, but good nonetheless. It’s not a matter of white or black, it’s a matter of evolution in all people’s tastes (not to mention that smart music usually doesn’t sell regardless of genre). Anyway, if you say Black Thought’s not a good MC you have to be smoking something powerful.

  • Zottapottamottakiz

    “If for no other reason than to witness one of the last great emcees display the craft.”

    you should have said “one of the last great american emcees display the craft.” most americans dont understand that real hip hop is very much alive outside of the states. this is the reason you people keep claiming hip hop is dead. if you are unhappy with the state of hip hop in your country then listen to international hip hop. black thought is one of the best but there are emcees from almost every other country in the world that would bury him alive. no disrespect but alot of american emcees keep repeating each other.

  • NoMamesBuey

    The Roots are unique in that they try a different musical genre or steez EVERY ALBUM.

    Myself, & most music fans, love certain genres of music more than others. For instance my fav Roots’ album is 1996 Illadelph Halflife, which had east coast rap vibe, blending with the instrumentation.

    However the QUALITY of the music is always of the highest order. That has NEVER fallen off. Musically, 2006 Game Theory is of the highest quality, even if I dig Illadelph’s beats more than Game Theory.

    Also, MC-wise Black Thought never fell off. BT has been consistently excellent since 1993 to now, who else can say that in rap?

    It’s amazing how some will big up a mediocre rapper like Little Wayne, & then turn around & shit on the amazing BT.

    Any random Black Thought verse >> Little Wayne’s entire life.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    I create drops sometimes that are so simplistic and if anyone leaves a comment that refutes what was said you immediately recognize their Hip-Hop acumen is low.

    LOL brings nothing to the table when we are talking about Hip-Hop. Maybe this kid understands rap music but I doubt even that. If you don’t realize how stupid you look right now I can’t do anything else for you.

    In five years your favorite rapper will be washed up and the Roots crew will continue to be blessing stages with their music and the classics made by others. LOL, in five years you will still be sleeping in the same bedroom in your momma’s house that you have been in since you were a baby.

    Steal some money from your momma’s purse and go see a Roots show.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com The Chancellor

    two words come to mind when i read this…Illadelph Halflife. ok maybe more but you get the idea. The best thing to come out of philly since cheese steak

  • Ace

    Black Thought is better than Lil Wayne, but so are a lot of people. Black Thought’s alright. I listened to the Roots a lot. They haven’t motivated me to see them live. Is he a GOAT? Sure. Top Ten GOAT? Nah. Top 50. The dudes that flowed on the symphony are better than BT. Speaking of which, symphony is the best posse track ever. EVER. Triumph doesn’t have shit on this track.

  • http://wmdeez.wordpress.com/ nation

    thank you for this post Billy. the Roots are the business for real

  • Rizzop

    What ya’ll kids arent understanding is that the roots are a band and can do more than just record studio music! They kill each and every one of their concerts compared to most rappers who sound like shit live with 100 niggas on the stage. Just live instruments and lyrics….Who got a better stage show than who billy listed? I personally like Nas but what do i know.

  • the one

    And Jay-Z admitted “if skills sold truth be told, I’d prolly be lyrically Talib Kweli”

    So logically:

    Black Thought > Talib Kweli > Jay-Z

    Go ahead & have a heart attack, Jay stans. Yes, that includes you, professional Jay-dickrider YN.
    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    Very True!!

  • BklynBandette

    LaFaye Says:

    October 8th, 2007 at 3:31 pm
    Billy, if you’re going to put together a show like that, can we please have a Doug E Fresh/Slick Rick appearance in there somewhere. We don’t need to go any further than that.

    Much respect to the idea of an awesome show like that. Shit, I wonder how many dicks would I have to suck to see something like that come to fruition. (That’s rhetoric guys). I’m just saying.

    Be Careful what you wish for … you Just may Get It! I took in a Free show earlier this summer that featured Ol’ School artist. MC Hammer, MC Lyte, and Headlining was Dougie Fresh & Slick Rick. Well, Hammer was okay. Lyte came through like a SLEDGE HAMMER. But Dougie Fresh & Slick Rick? For 1, they only did two songs together and Rick was out of Shape AND Breath. Then, Dougie did “Freaks” with Li’l Vicious. THEN, he spent like a Whole Hour doing Old School Sitcom themes! Yeah, I kid you not. Good Times. The Jeffersons. Three’s Company. Sanford & Son. And a Whole lot more. He’d have the DJ play a snippet of it, and then ask us if we remembered it. I mean it was cool at first, but after like 40 mins. … Then, for the finale, he brought his son out to perform. Well, by then I’d had enough and headed home.
    Maybe it went down like that ’cause the show was free. But even free, we deserved better than that. I’d love to see them again, but they’d better have a better set. Because if I have to PAY for what I saw that night in July … I will NOT be going home Quietly! lol.

    Peace-

  • Hip Hop since 79′/ Raised under Reagan

    the one Says:

    October 9th, 2007 at 12:41 am
    And Jay-Z admitted “if skills sold truth be told, I’d prolly be lyrically Talib Kweli”

    So logically:

    Black Thought > Talib Kweli > Jay-Z

    Go ahead & have a heart attack, Jay stans. Yes, that includes you, professional Jay-dickrider YN.
    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    Very True!!
    ^^^^^^^^

    I have seen numerous Roots concerts and have never been disappointed. I was at their Hip Honoree concert in Dallas. I broke fast and damn near had I stroke because the show was that hype. Seeing Big Daddy Kane and Lyte was insane. Seeing Black Thought (and Skillz)… do every ‘funky fresh’ Hip Hop track from the last 25 years was fuckin’ amazing. Seeing Black Thought do ‘Men at Work’; made me want to get some studio time in.

    After that show, he is in my top five.

    The ROOTS, Nas, Ghostface, Outkast, Little Brother… I will buy their joints without ever hearing a single, becayse the do not disappoint. No matter what there will always be at least six to eight tracks on each record that will stand the test of time.

    peace.

  • Raised under Reagan

    Dougie Fresh & Slick Rick? For 1, they only did two songs together and Rick was out of Shape AND Breath. Then, Dougie did “Freaks” with Li’l Vicious. THEN, he spent like a Whole Hour doing Old School Sitcom themes! Yeah, I kid you not. Good Times. The Jeffersons. Three’s Company. Sanford & Son. And a Whole lot more
    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    I would pay $75 to those cats over Plies, T-Pain, and Jezzy… front row and for free.

  • assboy

    nigga. you can’t even pay your fucking bills on time, let alone organize a concert.

  • arcey

    thoreauly77 Says:
    check the track “boom” where he spits from several different styles as an homage. guess the emcees!
    ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

    i did but i can’t guess verse 1…Rakim? (the usual suspect)
    verse 2 is Daddy Kane
    verse 3 is G. Rap

    LOL: didn’t 50 dropped 2 singles/videos featuring a white R&B cat on the hook!

  • LOL

    i never mentioned LIL Wanye at all.

    funny how people hate dude so much but he always stays on their minds and they listen.

    Nevertheless

    BILLY X = The proverbial MANFAN.

    Billy is still trying his best to make “hiphop” and “rap” 2 seperate genres.

    LMAO@ PHIFE DAWG.

    I never said the roots arent musicians. But they feel off on their last too albums. Thats real. If u cant be honest as a ‘fan’ , then you’re just lyin to urself. The shits was mediocre.

    thats how i know dude is white and or a super try hard black guy from the burbs that hates “niggas”. He’s gotta champion these dudes no matter what.

    i almost feel bad for you billy. youre so mislead.

  • LOL

    Arcey 50 makes it known hes a business man, and he makes alot of moves musically for business reasons, a blatant attempt at the top 40 crowd..

    Why do roots especially that fat nigga questlove always dickride cracka ass crackas?

    Whats talibs excuse, for working with justin timberlake??

    When so-called, PRO-BLACK “conscious ” rappers are making tracks with Justin Timberlame. Then it defeats the whole puropse and makes their whole movement look weak.

    its like being conscious is just a gimmick.

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/SAGEANDDONP Chris Newberry

    You got a point there bro! I am definitely feeling you on whatcha sayin’! As for your last comment, apparently you didn’t check the ROck The Bells Festival at Randall’s Island this past summer. That was Wu-Tang, The Roots, Rage Against The Machine, Cypress Hill, Rakim, Black Star, The Roots, Public Enemy, Pharoahe Monche, Boot Camp CLick, Erykah Badu, and Jedi Mind Tricks! Not Everyone you listed, but close! IT WAS DEFINITELY A CRAZY SHOW, I WAS ALMOST IN TEARS!

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/SAGEANDDONP Chris Newberry

    AND, for the record, the best Posse cuts out there are:
    #1 EPMD ft. K-Solo and Redman- Da Headbanger
    #2 Smiff and Wessun ft. MOP- Bucktown Rmx.
    #3 Juice Crew All Stars- The Symphony
    #4 Onyx ft. Wu-Tang Clan- The Worst
    #5 Run DMC ft. Pete Rock & CL Smooth- Down With the King
    #6 Tribe Called Quest Ft. Leaders of the New School- Scenario Rmx.
    #7 Public Enemy ft. Ice Cube and Big Daddy Kane- Burn Hollywood Burn
    #8 Nas Ft. AZ, Foxy Brown, Nature, and Cormega- Affirmative Action
    #9 Snoop Dogg Ft. Tha Dogg Pound- Doggy Dog World
    #10 Mobb Deep ft. Nas and Raekwon- Eye For an Eye

  • BIZZLE

    I AGREE WITH ALL THAT..SHIT IS WAY TOO WATERED DOWN THESE DAYS AND THESE FAKE RAPPER/LOW LEVEL HUSTLERS ONLY CARE ABOUT A SALE…BILLY IS ON POINT WITH THIS HERE..BLACK THOUGHT IS INCREDIBLE AND EASILY TOP 5 OF ALL TIME…U DONT BELIEVE IT GO THROUGH THE ROOTS CATALOG AND THE PROOF IS RIGHT THERE, THOUGHT SPITS FOR DAYS..THERE’S TOO MANY “HOT FOR A MINUTE” RAPPERS OUT HERE TODAY…WHEN DID A RINGTONE BECOME HIP HOP? WACK

  • BIZZLE

    TRAY…ARE YOU DEAF AND DUMB? BLACK THOUGHT’S VERSES LEAVE SOMETHING TO BE DESIRED? COMPARED TO WHAT? SHOULD HE THROW IN A 2 STEP AND A WIPE ME DOWN IN HIS VERSES..GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE..TOO MANY FAKE AND FICKLED HIP HOP FANS OUT THERE..THE ROOTS ARE THE DEFINITION OF REAL HIP HOP.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    ASSBOY says, “nigga. you can’t even pay your fucking bills on time, let alone organize a concert.”

    That should be the name for the concert. HELP BXS PAY HIS RENT!

  • NoMamesBuey

    @LOL

    Many rap fans & non-rap fans put Game Theory as 2006′s “Best Album of the Year”.

    So I guess all these people need to “admit” The Roots fell off? FOH!

    LOL, change your name to MORON.

  • Combat Jack

    Always respected BT, but never got into Roots. Too “rootsy” for me. He does a mean Big Daddy Kane as well.

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    Billy X. Sunday Says:

    October 8th, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    I create drops sometimes that are so simplistic and if anyone leaves a comment that refutes what was said you immediately recognize their Hip-Hop acumen is low.

    ^^^^
    Sometimes you create simplistic drops that are so on point I actually recognize that your Hip Hop acumen is very high.

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but If you seriously don’t think that Black Thought is top 5 lyrically, you need to re-evaluate what you’re looking for in Hip Hip.

  • jaislayer

    Yo Billy, Thanks for bringing this up. Black Thought is no joke and The Roots are the truth. I’ve seen The Roots perform live four times and each time I was amazed. The energy they bring is crazy and Black Thought is like a Hip-Hop glossary. BT has to know like every lyric to every important Hip-Hop record ever. I caught them on the Hip-Hop Honors tour every song they did was a monster. When Black Thought did “Protect Your Neck” he brought the house down. We watched as BT turned into Rakim, BDK and of course Kool G Rap. I think The Roots are Hip-Hop at it’s finest. I felt like I didn’t pay enought money for my ticket. They rocked for 3 hours, incredible. Whoever hasn’t been to a Roots show, they need to get there if they wanna see Hip-Hop. Peace.

  • BklynBandette

    Raised under Reagan Says:

    October 9th, 2007 at 2:38 am
    Dougie Fresh & Slick Rick? For 1, they only did two songs together and Rick was out of Shape AND Breath. Then, Dougie did “Freaks” with Li’l Vicious. THEN, he spent like a Whole Hour doing Old School Sitcom themes! Yeah, I kid you not. Good Times. The Jeffersons. Three’s Company. Sanford & Son. And a Whole lot more
    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    I would pay $75 to those cats over Plies, T-Pain, and Jezzy… front row and for free.

    I’m HipHop To The Death. But I Ain’t paying money to have my time wasted. I don’t care who it is. And I think that idea is what has gotten us (HipHop Community) into our present mess in the first place. Certain MCs from back in the day started hitting us with whatever, and thought we’d like it because it was coming from them. If we’re all honest with ourselves we can all pinpoint when we became turned off by our favorite MCs- When the Quality Of Their Music Changed.
    Always have love for Doug & Rick. But I expect Better ’cause they ARE BETTER!

    Just A Woman’s Perspective.
    Holla If Ya Hear Me …

    SIDEBAR: Plies, T-Pain, & Jeezy aren’t even on my radar.

  • ThingaAlec

    Yeah that fantasy concert would be off the hook.

  • accurate

    show some respcet. spell monch’s name right. or just keep it as monch.

  • mannyworld33

    BLACK THOUGHT IS THAT WORK!
    SOUTH PHILLY STAND UP!

  • Chica

    oh my God….said it for years!…he is the most slept on MC….saw the Roots once where the vendor wanted to shut it down b/c it was too crowded….nobody left so they turned the lights off…Quest somehow had a purple light bulb on stage and Thought performed in the dark with only the purple light….ish was off tha’ chain!….

  • Willie Dynamite

    The Roots are the truth!! No one is fucking with them live..point blank period. And Skillz? Dude impressed me, I wasnt up on him like that outside of the rap ups but they should make him a member, his stage presence was ill. And that Crazy World song was fire!

  • Triple D

    Dave Chappelle could get that shit organized. Block Party II, bitches.

  • http://www.pardonmeduke.com Korean Slap Boxer

    Top 5 of all time………nah

  • H-LO

    BTW Kweli admitted Thought > himself, & 1 of the best ever.

    And Jay-Z admitted “if skills sold truth be told, I’d prolly be lyrically Talib Kweli”

    So logically:

    Black Thought > Talib Kweli > Jay-Z

    Go ahead & have a heart attack, Jay stans. Yes, that includes you, professional Jay-dickrider YN.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    And Black Thought said: “Rakim is god, Biggie the father and Jay the holy ghost”

  • LANSKI

    Who ever is on here stating Thought isn’t top five (at least top 10) emcee dead or alive; one your self right the fuck now . . . go ahead . . . I’ll wait.

  • ApeDujeous

    BT is a great craftsman. However, beyond battle raps, he doesn’t really have all that much to say. To say he’s top 5 you’re saying he’s better than one of these dudes:

    KRS-One
    Rakim
    Biggie
    Jay-Z
    Nas

    Please tell me which one of these he’s better than.

  • http://www.myspace.com/diligentthought Jibberish

    I’ll have to agree with ApeDujeous here.

    Speaking as someone whose main influence is Black Thought, I’ve studied what he does in depth. He is extremely technical and crafts a rhyme down to the molecular level.

    His only short-coming is that his content is rarely diverse. I suppose his approach to it is to treat his vocals as an instrument rather than a seperate entity on its own, hence his impeccable flow.

    Not all emcees have to be one thing or the other though. Some are story tellers, some are punch line rappers, battle rappers, word play and flow rappers etc. BT is BT and he does what he does well.

  • DJ NOFS

    Most of those artists show up at Rock the Bells in NYC, Wu Tang, Rakim, EPMD, Mos Def, Talib, and Pharoe Monch were there this past year

  • Jimmy Jump

    Billy,

    That would be a concert of the ages!! I’ve only had the oppurtunity to see The Roots once but, if you listen to Tony Touch Tape “50″ & “55″ you will hear fire from Black Thought/Showbiz & AG that will burn your radio!!!

    Who do we have to talk to in order to make this shit happen?!?!?

  • http://n/a KANT

    the Roots fell off with Game Theory? Eh? what u have to understand is that this band arent here to deliver bangers, every track, theyr about exploring the musical landscape – experimenting & paying homage to the genre’s MANY diverse influences. Yet they still put two or three DOPE tracks on every album to remind us all that they’re still on top of their game. The title track ALONE on Game Theory is genius – effortlessly blending rock, soul and hip hop, with the sickest drumming you’ll hear anywhere. Or listen closely to the drum patterns, bass and guitar work on Long Time. That’s a HIP HOP act simultaneously dumping on every rock band out there, technically, whilst still remaining true to the spirit of hip hop and its musical roots. Incredible.

    The album Rising Down also has those two or three amazing cuts: check out 75 Bars, Get Busy or Rising Up on YouTube and tell me The Roots “fell off”! What other act (who’s been around since like 1987) could even CONTEMPLATE dropping bombs like that? The Roots are the Truth. Believe it!

    As for BT, what makes him great is that he’s an all-rounder: he can do the rapid-fire battle raps, the socially-conscious storytelling, he can write and produce – heck, he can even SING as if that mattered. Plus he’s a flawless hype man and live performer. Top 5 tho? I’d put him top 20. But that’s a loooooooooong-ass list of emcees to be on top of.