Black Thought of the Roots

If you aren’t familiar with the name Maimouna Youssef, consider this a much-needed primer in discovering one of the most dynamic artists of her era. Affectionately known as Mumu Fresh, Youssef graced NPR’s Tiny Desk with her presence in her hometown of Washington, D.C. and brought along Black Thought of The Roots for the ride.

As evidenced by the release of his first official solo project, Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter is a lyrical mastermind. The Roots frontman displayed more of the Illadelph word wizardry in a segment of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon in where the veteran wordsmith recapped all four films from the Jurrasic Park franchise in a minute’s […]

Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, the longtime frontman for The Roots, will go down in infamy for his blistering 10-minute bar display on Funkmaster Flex’s program that people are still talking about. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Philadelphia wordsmith says he’s essentially responsible for the practice of so-called “mumble rap” and makes a strong […]

During an appearance on Shade 45's Sway In The Morning show, Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man and Black Thought of The Roots destroy a freestyle session.

Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter of The Roots fame is part of a new campaign in his hometown of Philadelphia to attract Black visitors.

Black Thought of The Roots is putting himself up to another challenge. He will be rapping a recap of every NBA Finals game.

Questlove of The Roots stepped from behind the drum set and into the interview chair on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to reveal how The Roots landed the house band gig.

Black Thought, lead MC of The Roots, is hosting a special film screening of The Last Dragon at Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY) on Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, star of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, made his The Tonight Show debut last Friday (Nov. 6) with Jimmy Fallon. Given the Hip-Hop focus of the musical, Fallon challenged Miranda and The Roots’ Black Thought to perform what became a dazzling freestyle display.

Celebrated Hip-Hop veterans ?uestlove and Black Thought of The Roots and the rapper formerly known as Mos Def, Yasiin Bey, will all bolster the second annual NYC Blue Note Jazz Festival  lineup beginning on June 10. The three-week festival will feature an abundance of notable artists spanning generations and genres throughout separate venues in the city. “After […]