Black Thought Performs His Solo Material But The Roots Still Have His Back

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Black Thought delivered not one but two solo projects in 2018, more than satisfying a very devoted and patient fan-base. While both volumes in the Streams Of Thought series featured dazzling wordplay and quote-worthy lyricism, they each had their unique sound behind them. The June-released Volume 1 featured production from the Soul Council’s 9th Wonder and his Soul Council. Meanwhile, last month’s Volume 2 showcased Salaam Remi’s sonic stylings. Now, in promoting the more recent of the two, the Philly MC uses his regular stage at the Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to show Thought at work.

There, the Roots MC – backed up by his group – performed the project’s first video single, “Conception.” Aside from his obvious rapping prowess, Thought showed off his vocal cords (under his alias “Reek Ruffin”) as the song begins with majestic calls of “What do you believe in?” and “What makes you feel good?” “Conception” also features a hook that Thought sings with a smooth and bellowing voice.

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In the performance, Salaam plays bass right beside Thought. In addition to The Roots, there is an elaborate string section that is showcased. As an artist known almost entirely through his group work leading in 2018, this TV performance shows that even his new materials fits in lovely with family.

2018 has been a busy year for Black Thought. Aside from releasing his long-awaited solo work, he appeared on Alchemist’s EP Bread, alongside Roc Marciano, Earl Sweatshirt, and Griselda Records’ Westside Gunn and Conway. In Early November, 9th Wonder’s label Jamla released its second collective effort with Jamla Is The Squad II, which featured Thought on the song “Cojiba.” At this time last year, Black Thought closed out 2017 with the best, freestyles on Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 show.

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Streams Of Thought, Vol. 2: Traxploitation is included in Ambrosia For Heads‘ Top 15 Albums Of 2018.