“Black Thought, the rapper, MC for The Roots and freestyle genius, goes all-in on the latest installment of his stunning Streams of Thought trilogy” – NPR
Renowned, legendary MC for GRAMMY-Award-winning, platinum-certified, hip-hop luminaries The Roots, Black Thought releases today his new EP, Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able, and is available at all digital retailers. The third installment, including lead single “Thought Vs Everyone,” continues the critically acclaimed “Streams of Thought” series launched by Black Thought.
Listen/download “Steams of Thought Vol. 3: Cane & Able” HERE.
Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able was produced entirely by Sean C (JayZ, Diddy, Pusha T, Joey Badass). The thirteen-track collection sees Black Thought continue to hone his inimitable and impenetrable improvisation. The EP includes features with heavy hitters like Swizz Beats, Portugal The Man, Pusha T, ScHoolboy Q, The Last Artful, and Dodgr.
Black Thought teamed up with a Black American visual artist for the cover in service of a mission to elevate hip-hop to high art. This time, he worked with Khari Turner who created a stunning portrait inspired by the MC for the album cover.
Khari Turner’s work right now is a diary of struggle and overcoming struggle. He explores the history of Black defeat, Black revolutions and Black accomplishments coalescing through mark making, realism, and expressionism.
Black Thought’s previously released “Streams of Thought, Vol. 1&Vol. 2” have set the stage for the follow-up’s arrival. A tastemaker-approved phenomenon, Pitchfork, proclaimed it, “a small testament to his sustained excellence. “Rolling Stone, and more offered praise. In addition to bowing in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Top Independent Album charts, “Thought” and “Twofifteen” both surpassed 2 million Spotify streams each.
About Black Thought
As Co-Founder of The Roots, a critically acclaimed solo artist, actor, writer, producer, and creator, Tariq Trotter, aka Black Thought, has quietly affirmed himself as one of the most prolific, prescient, and powerful voices in hip-hop. Over the course of his career, he has won four GRAMMY Awards and three NCAAP Image Awards. Not only did he deliver eleven applauded albums with The Roots, but the group also joined The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon as the house band and is now a beloved mainstay of late-night television.
Beyond collaborations with everyone from Eminem, John Legend, J Dilla, and Big Pun, Linkin Park, Logic, and Fall Out Boy, he co-produced the multiplatinum GRAMMY-award-winning, original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton. Alongside fellow The Roots co-founder Questlove, he launched the production company Two One Five Entertainment, executive producing the AMC documentary series, Hip-Hop: The Songs That Shook America. Teaming up with Academy-Award-winner John Ridley, he makes his theater debut with the musical “Black No More” in 2021.
His presence has also seamlessly translated into roles in film in television such as HBO’s The Deuce. Black Thought’s solo career accelerated at full speed with his “Streams of Thought” series in 2018. Pairing him with a legendary producer for each release, “Streams of Thought, Vol. 1 with Wonder generated millions of streams as Pitchfork proclaimed he “is somehow still improving decades after his peers’ primes, which in hip-hop sounds almost as crazy as a professional athlete doing the same.”
He joined forces with Salaam Remi on “Streams of Thought, Vol. 2” before returning with producer Sean-C for 2020’s Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able. Marking his debut for Republic Records, it features collaborations with Portugal The Man, ScHoolboy Q, as well as the lead single “Good Morning” feat. Swizz Beatz, Pusha T, Killer Mike. Lyrically dexterous, politically provocative, and consciously incisive, Black Thought encourages the game to move forward with him yet again.
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