Black Thought Fronts A Funky Track That Uses Blues To Motivate (Audio)
The Roots’ Black Thought does not do a ton of features, relatively speaking. However, in recent years, when the South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MC puts his vocals on something beyond the circle, he does not seem to play politics. From Thurz (“Riot”) to L.A. The Darkman (“Rap Poloticians”), Tariq supports what he believes.
That appears to be the case when the Grammy Award winner joins Chicago, Illinois’ ADaD, and his longtime collaborator Yaw. “Holdin’ On” feels like the kind of song that could come from the 1970s, especially given the grainy Soul vocals of Khari Lemuel. However, with three MCs in the pocket, the resulting track beautifully turns its back on genre, and simply celebrates its enduring message. The blues make the victories sweeter, and whether they’re at the top of the game or trying to be heard, these artists make a charged record about marching forward.