Black Thought of The Roots | Interview
Black Thought is an emcee from Philadelphia, PA, and lead vocalist of legendary hip hop band, The Roots. In high school, he became friends with Questlove and formed a drummer/emcee duo to perform at talents shows and on the Philadelphia streets. In college, Thought met Malik B while the group name was called The Square Roots. They simplified it to The Roots and released their debut album, Organix, in 1993. In 1995, they followed up with the album, Do You Want More?!!!??!, and Illadelph Halflife in 1996. In 1999, the group released their first commercially successful album, Things Fall Apart, and won a Grammy Award for the song “You Got Me” with Erykah Badu and Eve. Thought has contributed to projects for Damian Marley, Dilated Peoples, Common, Linkin Park, The Coup, Big Punisher, and many more. He’s also starred in the films Bamboozled, Perfume, Love Rome, and Brooklyn Babylon. Later albums by The Roots include Phrenology (2002), The Tipping Point (2004), Game Theory (2006), Rising Down (2008), How I Got Over (2010), Wake Up! with John Legend (2010), Undun (2011), and Wise Up Ghost with Elvis Costello (2010).