Black Thought, Phonte & Rhymefest Have Formed A Super-Group

Producer S1 (aka Symbolyc One) has worked with some of the biggest and brightest in Hip-Hop. He is one-third of Waco, Texas group the Strange Fruit Project. Outside of that, S1 co-produced Kanye West’s “Power,” Eminem’s “Bad Guy,” The Game’s “Last Time You Seen,” and Royce 5’9’s recent hit, “Caterpillar.” In an interview with HipHopDX, S1 spilled the beans on a super-group with three highly-respected O.G.’s of Rap.

“We’ve been knocking out songs for that [particular project],” S1 tells DX‘s Justin Ivey in revealing the news that Black Thought, Phonte, and Rhymefest have come together as a group that he is executive producing. “I’m excited about that. [It is] really dope stuff.”

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Phonte confirmed the report on social media, simply saying “Soon.”


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Black Thought and Phonte have worked together throughout the last decade. ‘Tay appeared on The Roots’ albums How I Got Over and undun. He has since joined Questlove’s panel of hosts at Questlove Supreme. Meanwhile, Phonte also appeared on Rhymefest’s 2010 El Che album, via the song “Say Whassup.”

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All of these MCs have had penchants for collaborative side-projects. Besides his co-founding role in Little Brother, Phonte teamed with Eric Roberson for 2016’s Tigallero album. Outside of The Roots, Black Thought previously co-founded the Money Making Jam Boys with Dice Raw, Truck North, P.O.R.N., and STS. Rhymefest is in a group with DJ Jazzy Jeff, Dayne Jordan, and Uhmeer known as The Trinity.

While ‘Fest is a fixture on Jeff’s 2018 M3 LP, Black Thought teamed with 9th Wonder and The Soul Council for June’s Streams Of Thought. Phonte released No News Is Good News this spring.

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HipHopDX is said to be publishing its full interview with S1 tomorrow (September 7). There is no word on the group’s name as of now.

#BonusBeat: A TBD episode with contributions from 9th Wonder and J. Period on why Black Thought might be the Greatest MC Of All-Time:

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