Black Thought Slows His Flow On A New Verse With Sum (Audio)

In 2017, Black Thought has been a busy man. While The Roots are reportedly working on their twelfth album with 9th Wonder, Salaam Remi, and DJ J. Period, Tariq Trotter has doled out dope verses all calendar long. From DangerDOOM to David Banner, Logic to Posdnuos and Pharoahe Monch, there have been a series of laser sharp guest appearances.

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Heads may not have yet heard of Sum. The Los Angeles, California-based MC injects a brand of apocalyptic Funk into his music. Also featuring producer Longbeard, “Black Friday” lives up to its name. Similar to the sometimes cynical, grim outlook of artists like El-P, Mobb Deep, or Earl Sweatshirt, Sum begins. He uses the high profile collabo to demonstrate a unique style of braggadocio. Thought enters at 1:20, and matches the flow, fixed with shorter bars, with a strong sampling of his own:

Iconoclast / I’m takin’ y’all to drama class / I’ma leave you stranded / On that planet / Of the llama blast / You could have the size of fan-base that Lil’ Mama has / Or have the same approval ratings that Obama has,” he begins. Like Sum’s, the verse is dark, relentless, and competitive.

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This single is slated to appear on Whatever Doesn’t Kill Me Better Keep Running.

#BonusBeat: A recent video makes a case for Black Thought as the Greatest MC of All Time:

This is part of the TBD series created by Justin “The Company Man” Hunte.