I gotta admit I was not prepared for new Thought music today, but here we are. When you throw in a feature from Styles P and production by 9th Wonder…
I’ve come to the realization…for like the millionth time…that Black Thought is quite easily top five dead or alive, which is a tremendous feat for someone who’s technically never released a solo album. While I believe there’s something to be said for an artist putting together a solo LP before certain kudos can be given to them as a solo MC, but I think Thought qualifies as a special case. Styles is no slouch either on this and no disrespect to him, but this one Thought verse could have been followed by 9th letting the beat ride out and I’d still be one satisfied citizen. Enjoy. This takes it back to what it was like when MCs actually spit bars worth rewinding to hear again, all while making the ugliest face imaginable.
Statik Selektah has a knack for continuously putting out quality rap music featuring rappers whose bars I actually care about. It’s only natural that “Couldn’t Tell” featuring all-time favorite Black Thought is a banger of epic proportions. Bon appetit.
Let me explain something to you about Black Thought…matter of fact, just press play and wait for verse three. Let’s just say there’s a reason no one ever challenges Thought and NO reason to not name him one of your favorite MCs if you really like MCing (other than the whole…you know, not really being a solo MC technically). What Goes Around drops 8/19 and the tracklist is heavy like truck jewels.
I love The Roots, but I need to see a Black Thought solo LP, EP, mixtape, something in the near future. And before you call his work with The Roots the equivalent of him being a solo MC, consider how dope it would be to hear him just doing a completely off-the-reservation project with producers like Madlib, Alchemist, Ski, Large Professor, etc. The thing is, Thought is easily one of the best MCs, dead or alive, in terms of skill but I’d be interested in seeing what he creates on his own as well as what he contributes to The Roots because there’s clearly a different kind of shine when he’s just rhyming as opposed to sticking to a concept and sharing the billing with his band.
Monch teams up with one of my favorite MCs of all time for a joint off of PTSD.
Statik Selektah drops a top shelf joint off of his upcoming album Extended Play. Cop the single on iTunes.