25 Great EPs From 2018

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Best EPs Of 2018Every year, the parameters for this list get a little more specious. With the rise of streaming services and the decline of physical media, the distinctions between a 7″ and a 12″ have largely faded away. Today, everything is a “project” or a “collection” or (groan) a “playlist.” Artists are still releasing EPs in name, … More »

The Two Competing Dipset Reunions

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DipsetIn the past few days, an image has been showing up on my Twitter feed again and again: a poster of Roc Weekend 2004. The poster shows the entire roster of Roc-A-Fella records, just before Roc-A-Fella Records shattered into a million pieces. And that roster is a head-spinning thing. This was that Icarus … More »

Stream Black Thought & Salaam Remi’s New EP Streams Of Thought Vol. 2

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Black-Thought-Streams-Of-Thought-Vol-2A few months ago, Black Thought, longtime lead rapper for the Roots, released his first proper solo project. On his EP Streams Of Thought Vol. 1, Black Thought teamed up with veteran producer 9th Wonder and just rapped his ass off for five straight songs. And he wasn’t kidding about the “Vol. 1” … More »

Black Thought – “Rest In Power” Video

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Black ThoughtJay-Z is one of the executive producers of Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, a six-part documentary series that debuts on the Paramount Network next week. Black Thought recorded an original song for the series, “Rest In Power,” that addresses its subject matter: “In America, one tradition that lasts/ Is black blood woven into … More »

Black Thought Raps The Plot To The Jurassic Park Movies

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Black-Thought-on-Jurassic-ParkLately, the world has had plenty of chances to remember that the Roots’ Black Thought is a god-level rapper. There was the incredible Funkmaster Flex freestyle that Black Thought did last year. There was last week’s Streams Of Thought Vol. 1, the impressive collaborative EP with producer 9th Wonder. And then there was … More »

Stream Black Thought’s Solo Project Streams Of Thought Vol. 1

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black-thought-streams-of-thoughtBlack Thought has been a great rapper for many, many years. He’s a founding member of the Roots, whose debut album Organix turns 25 this year, and his precise and athletic delivery has always been a huge part of that group’s appeal. If you’ve ever seen the Roots live, you have seen Black Thought do … More »

Black Thought’s Funkmaster Flex Freestyle Is Incredible

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Black Thought can do a lot of things. He’s a key part of the greatest late-night house band in TV history. He’s been singing a lot lately. He just played a pimp on the HBO The Deuce, and he was good on it. But Black Thought made his name rapping like a motherfucker, and that’s … More »

74 Artists On Their Favorite Tom Petty Song

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I once got busted trying to steal a magazine from my hometown library. The 8/8/91 issue of Rolling Stone apparently had one of those sensors on the last page and it beeped from my backpack on the way out. I was gonna bring it back. I just wanted to take it home to read the … More »

The Roots Executive Producing TV Version Of “Rap Yearbook”

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THE ROOTS EXECUTIVE PRODUCING NEW HIP-HOP DOC READ MORE!

Black Thought Drops New Sneak To Celebrate The Roots Picnic

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BLACK THOUGHT DROPS A NEW SNEAKER…READ MORE!