Black Thought’s New Song With Styles P & 9th Wonder Is Absolute Lyrical Destruction (Audio)
For years, Black Thought has been atop countless lists of “the most underrated MCs.” This, despite having consistently released some of the best music in Hip-Hop for a near 30-year span, both with his band The Roots and on countless guest features. Thought addressed the issue, himself, on Statik Selektah’s “The Imperial,” where he punctuated a nearly 3-minute lyrical assassination with the lines “Yo who your top 5? Jay, Biggie, Pac, Nas? I ain’t tryna hear another name if it’s not mine.” Still, miraculously the grumblings about him not getting his props among the all-time greats persisted. Today, that ends. Officially.
Just one day after the MC born Tariq Trotter revealed to Ambrosia For Heads (AFH) that he had new music in the chamber with Royce 5’9″, Eminem and 9th Wonder, during a discussion about his upcoming Roots Picnic (June 4), Black Thought premieres “Making A Murderer,” featuring Styles P and produced by 9th Wonder, with AFH. Unlike the Netflix series from which the song likely draws its name, the track does not leave the listener feeling like its participants are innocent. Instead, it is quite clear that they are fully complicit in killing mediocrity, both in lyrics and in beats.
Fully aware of the enormity of the moment, 9th Wonder told Ambrosia For Heads “We had been going back and forth for a while about it…..so we decided to just do music. No haggle, no hassle, just to do some music. Beats and rhymes…..that’s it. Doing what we love. I’m honored, for real.” The honor is all ours.