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We understand that top five rapper — dead or alive — lists are subjective, but one deserving candidate who’s chronically omitted is The Roots’ Black Thought. If your face is scrunched up as to why we’re defending the veteran rhymer, here’s some visual proof from he and Questlove’s recent appearance on Hip-Hop Nation with Sway Calloway.

Born Tariq Trotter, the MC isn’t to be trifled with on the microphone, but unlike so-called wordsmiths who only talk the talk, the Philadelphia native waits for forums like this to display his talents. The funky drummer manned the ones and twos as his partner in rhyme kicked knowledge and talked his sh*t in one fatal swoop.

If you prefer to hear Thought on original material, we suggest that you lend an ear to The Roots’ new …and then you shoot your cousin LP here. Peep the freestyle in the clip below…..

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