Black Thought Shows He Really Is Every MC On An Unreleased Roots Song

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This weekend, The Roots have released their long-anticipated deluxe edition of Do You Want More?!!!??!! The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania crew’s major label debut (and follow-up to Organix) arrived in 1995. It would later go gold on the heels of singles like “Proceed,” “Silent Treatment,” and “Distortion To Static.” The Geffen Records-backed LP brought attention to a new crop of Philly Hip-Hop and reminded many that Hip-Hop artists could be musicians in the most traditional sense. Over 25 years later, at a time when deluxe reissues are prevalent, the Roots crew takes things to the highest level—just like they’ve done with music. The collection involves roughly 20 additional songs, including remixes, alternate versions, and previously unreleased songs. Bahamadia verses, Beatminerz remixes, and demo tracks are just some of the treats.

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Among the newly available goodies is a song that many Heads have been clamoring to hear for years. “In Your Dreams Kid (I’m Every MC)” finds Black Thought mimicking many of his influences. The six-minute track opens with Tariq Trotter imitating the smoky, nasal delivery of Gang Starr’s Guru, complete with a first-person rendition that shouts out the crew’s name and DJ Premier. He then slides to replicate both Afrika Baby Bam and Mike G’s interplay in the Jungle Brothers. Keeping things in the Native Tongues crew, Thought seamlessly takes on Q-Tip’s style next. As The Roots change up the percussion to riff on Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Tariq successfully attempts the flow and tone of the Chocolate Boy Wonder. After a brief break in the action, the South Philly MC flips entirely into the rugged Wu-Tang style of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, followed by his future Deuce cast-mate, Method Man. As he did with the JBeez, Thought recreates the interplay between the two Wu swordsmen. The band’s bass line morphs as Thought transforms into the vocal tone and delivery of Public Enemy’s Chuck D. Next up is the MC that Chuck D christened, Busta Rhymes. During the song’s closing minute, Tariq emulates one of his heroes, Kool G Rap—timing, lisp, and syncopated rhyme style. The previously unreleased song ends with a stellar AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted-era Ice Cube impersonation, content and all.

Almost a decade after Do You Want More?!!!??!! released, The Roots released “BOOM!” on The Tipping Point. That song featured Black Thought showcasing his ability to rap as Big Daddy Kane and G Rap. Both Juice Crew MCs then appeared during the Dave Chappelle Block Party performance in Brooklyn.

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Besides the streaming platforms, The Roots’ Do You Want More?!!!??!! deluxe edition is also available on special edition vinyl, including a 24-page booklet. It includes retrospective photos, essays by both Black Thought and Questlove and track by track liner notes.

In addition to new music from The Roots, Ambrosia For Heads’ playlist includes recent songs from Lloyd Banks, Evidence, Tyler, The Creator, Isaiah Rashad, DMX, Eminem, Cordae, Jack Harlow, Mach-Hommy, J. Cole, CZARFACE & MF DOOM, Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman, JAY-Z, Nas, Phife Dawg, Illa J, and Shad, among others.

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#BonusBeat: Black Thought joins Big Daddy Kane, Kool G. Rap, Craig G, Royce 5′ 9, Pharoahe Monch, Freeway, and Smiff-n-Wessun to perform Marley Marl’s “The Symphony,” during his live mixtape with J. Period at the 2016 Roots Picnic in New York City: