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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,
Das EFX,
Mos Def,
Mary J. Blige,
Busta Rhymes,
Phife Diggy,
Pharoe Monch,
Alicia Keyes,
and motherfucking Joell Ortiz.

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

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