Monday, March 10, 2008

Differing Thoughts

Is it me that finds something off with Black Thought. I've always heard his name in the "Best MC's" category. I'd push him towards the middle. The content he speaks on automatically gives him a plus. But on pure skills, he's not extraodrinary. Creativeness can be thin at times. Metaphors are quite literal. More often than not, Black Thought seems to be screaming into a megaphone, veins poppin out and all. It's as if he's down there trying to reach us. The rawness of Black though is his essential trait; he survives off that expression of emotion. And his sort of goofy remarks speckled throughout his rhymes are always a nice contrast from such an intelligent rapper. Don't get me wrong, I like "75 Bars" and "Get Busy"--and I will cop that Rising Down. At times though, Black Thought, and maybe The Roots in general, seem to blend together. It's always this underground true Hip-Hop feel. If I learned anything from Little Brother, it's that artists can, and should be, different or offer another side. I don't want to degrade Black some more but The Roots collective, i.e. ?uestlove, Kirk, Hubbard (well, formerly) et al offer more alluring elements than Black Thought. Their carving brand of live Hip-Hop may be more important than what Black has to offer.



13 Comments:

At 5:19 PM, Blogger 1980 said...

go back and listen to Things Fall Apart!! Black is a legend!!

 
At 7:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you not listening. black probably beats 75% of your top and 100% whoeva in the middle

 
At 10:16 PM, Blogger M-A Two L's One Y said...

Yea Black Thought is a fuckin great man, you just stuck on Lupe...jp but yea Black is cool he'll definitely grow on you...

 
At 12:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Black Thought Is The Truth. Top 5 Alive Or Dead. Get Off Lupes Nuts And Listen 2 The Roots Catalog

 
At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem is Major is too young to really feel The Roots. There was a ton of Excellent Hip Hop B4 Lupe Fiasco!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger The Major said...

Damn!!! So Black Thought supporters are more fervent than I thought.

Admittedly, I've only caught onto The Roots more recently. Hmmm... that gives me another cat on the checklist of music to back catalog!

 
At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Major you should check out Black Thought-Tracks From The Vault if u havent got it already. Full of rare cuts and guest spots from other peoples albums. http://rapidshare.com/files/10993536/black_thought_tracks_from_the_vault_mix.rar

 
At 3:05 PM, Blogger The Major said...

Thanks... Listening to it now.

 
At 4:28 PM, Blogger Big Rils said...

Couldn't disagree more, Major. For a while I thought the Roots in general had fallen off (Tipping Point, Phrenology) but Game Theory was exceptional and i'm amped for the new one....

more importantly, Their first 4 albums (Organix, Do You Want More?!?!?, Illadelph Halflife, and Things Fall Apart) were each classics in their own right.

The Roots collective does have a lot to offer, but it's become more and more apparent that Black Thought is the most impressive. Creativity isn't all about metaphors and content, just listen to the way he uses his voice as an instrument, changes his rhyme patterns, cadences, and pronunciations. He's a true virtuoso and definitely top 5 still in the game.

 
At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FUCK THE ROOTS I'M JUST THE TRUTH...ICE!!!

 
At 12:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ICE Is So Gay!!!!!!! (No Homo)

 
At 1:50 PM, Blogger The Major said...

ICE liking The Roots? OMG... Obviously!

 
At 1:50 PM, Blogger The Major said...

*Obviously... not. (damn I'm sloppy today).

 

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