The Live Mixtape With Black Thought, Rakim & Pharoahe Monch Is Here (Audio)
For his latest signature mixtape, J. Period pulled off a historic trifecta: three of Hip-Hop’s most venerated MCs on one stage, performing for a sold-out crowd all the way live. Ambrosia For Heads was in attendance for the September 13 concert at New York City’s Sony Hall.
The Live Mixtape [#Top5MCs Edition] stars Rakim, Black Thought and Pharoahe Monch, three rappers whose names populate any respectable “Top 5” list. Taped at Sony Hall in New York City, the live mixtape features the G.O.A.T.S. as they “re-ignite the timeless Hip-Hop debate”: who are your top five MCs? While each of the three showcase their respective talents, they make an argument for their rightful place on that list. But perhaps more impressive than the lyrical abilities of any of those three MCs is the fact this live mixtape was recorded in one take. That’s a tremendous feat, considering The God M.C., Thought and Monch were not even the only performers. Surprise appearances from Smif-N-Wessun, Black Sheep Dres, Chi-Ali, Mumu Fresh and Stro Elliot punctuate the mixtape. Black Thought also performed the verse from perhaps the most viral moment of his career, 2017’s freestyle alongside Funkmaster Flex.
For those who’ve been following J. Period’s recent work, the monumental undertaking (and its success) of The Live Mixtape [#Top5MCs Edition] comes as no surprise. Together with Black Thought, J. Period put on a “Dilla Edition” of a live mixtape during Dilla Weekend 2016 in Miami, Florida. He’s orchestrated live performances at venues as prolific as Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center and his historic curations have become staples at places like The Roots Picnic and the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.
Also in 2016, J. Period assembled Big Daddy Kane, Craig G, Kool G Rap, Pharoahe Monch, Royce 5’9, Freeway, Smif-n-Wessun and more for “The Symphony 2016.” Ambrosia For Heads captured that moment, itself another example of J. Period’s work in crystallizing Rap history.