Black Thought Is Better Than All Of Us

So, I’m a firm believer in giving someone their flowers while they can smell them. With that being said, let’s talk about how Black Thought is one of the greatest rappers of all time. Keep in mind, I’m not just saying this because he went hamburger while freestyling for Funkmaster Flex on Hot 97. Nah, I’ve known about Thought’s prowess for like 20 years, son. Frankly, I’m just happy that folks are finally starting to catch up, man. All in all, Black Thought has been a better emcee than all of us for a long, long, LONG time.

Ok, before I continue, let me talk about my personal fandom of Black Thought. Now, at this point, everyone out there should know that I make music. Hell, in 2017 alone, I’ve dropped 15 songs on this very blog, fam. In any case, I’ve also mentioned the fact that I was in a band during my college years. Truth be told, The Roots were a MAJOR influence on the music we made as a group, bruh. On the real, outside of the virtuosic rapping, their Jazz-influenced compositions were a template for what my band, Melodesiac, could accomplish. Needless to say, Black Thought, Questlove and the rest of The Roots set the bar for live Hip Hop.

Now, I say all that to say that Thought has been the man since the early 1990s. Real talk, when I first heard “Proceed,” I knew that dude was different, son. Also, he continued to grow with each album. Keeping it a buck, anytime I thought he couldn’t get better, he did, man. He was better when “Concerto Of The Desperado” dropped. He was better when “Ain’t Sayin’ Nothin’ New” dropped. Shit, he was better when “Thought @ Work” dropped. Basically, he’s never slowed down, fam. I mean, he’s been a lyrical genius every step of the way, bruh.

Listen, with all of that being said, he absolutely blacked out on Hot 97, son. Fuck, he completely mangled Mobb Deep‘s “The Learning (Burn)” beat, man. Look, he started rapping as soon as the snare hit and he didn’t stop murdering shit for 10 minutes, fam. Keeping it a buck, I won’t even disgrace the man and try to quote any of his lines. All I know is, everyone out there should watch the massacre for themselves, bruh. By and by, THIS is how a rapper is supposed to rap, folks. All I can say is, I don’t want to hear anything to the contrary.

In the end, viva la Black Thought! Ultimately, everyone should take a second and watch the video below. As of now, nobody out there can claim ignorance about the ability of this man. Ok, yeah, some folks may recognize him because of Jimmy Fallon, but give this dude his proper respect, son. From what I see, legends never die and skills never diminish, man. That is all. LC out.


Drop A Gem On ‘Em: RIP Prodigy

Look, I won’t lie, son. This death hit me hard, man. I mean, Prodigy from Mobb Deep literally defined an era for me. Shit, all jokes aside, today’s post could either be one paragraph or an entire dissertation. Prodigy had a profound impact on how I understand Rap music. In addition, his music is a vivid reminder of the New York I grew up in. All in all, Hip Hop lost a fucking LEGEND yesterday, fam! All I can say is, Rest In Peace, Prodigy!

Now, as a rapper myself, the first line is always the hardest for me to write. On the real, that one bar sets the tone for the entire verse. Needless to say, Prodigy was a MASTER at coming up with a flawless opening quote. To that point, everyone should read this article from Phonte, formerly of Little Brother. He perfectly explained how Prodigy’s power came from how he began his rhyme. Bruh, just try maintaining composure after hearing a man say “there’s a war going on outside no man is safe from.” Listen, it’s impossible, son! Ultimately, Prodigy was brilliant at writing lines that stuck in the listener’s head.

Moving on, the word on the street is that Prodigy died from complications related to sickle-cell anemia. Now, for anyone who has followed his career, his illness shouldn’t be a surprise. However; he had the condition for so long, I just figured he would always be in the clear. Apparently, we were all wrong. In any case, dying at 42 is insane, man! Like, I couldn’t possibly imagine being dead in ten years, fam. With that being said, situations like this should remind us that we can never take life for granted. By and by, we never know when all of this is going to stop.

In the end, I just want to celebrate Prodigy’s legacy. To that end, below are a bunch of my favorite Mobb Deep/solo songs. I just hope that he knew how much his music meant to people like me. RIP, Prodigy.