Black Thought is a legendary 46 year old MC from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania most notable for being the frontman of The Roots. Fans have been wanting some sort of solo project for a long time now (especially after his iconic Hot 97 freestyle this past winter) & he is now delivering an EP with the help of The Soul Council.
The opener “215” talks about growing up in Philly over an upbeat instrumental from 9th Wonder & the next track “9th vs. Thought” talks about self-evaluation over some punchy drums. The song “Dostoyevsky” with Rapsody sees the 2 talking about the judicial system over a nice boom bap beat while the penultimate track “Making a Murderer” with Styles P pretty much speaks for itself over a menacing instrumental. This magnum opus then finishes off perfectly with “Thank You”, where Black gets grateful for how his life turned out over a soulful beat from Khrysis.
It’s been long overdue, but we finally got an official solo project from Black Thought & it’s perfect. His lyricism is sharp & intelligent as expected & The Soul Council’s production gives them a flawless backing. I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a follow-up soon given that it’s labeled “Vol. 1”, but I’m all for it