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Review of “Streams of Thought” Vol.1| Black Thought & 9th Wonder and The Soul Council

Aight, here we go…  “Stream of Thought” is now out and this is our breakdown of the concise yet powerful 5 Track release:

TWOFIFTEEN: the intro and quick speed switch-up is always a nice touch.  The beat comes in real smooth, with the kicks/snares knocking harmoniously with the melody.

The balance of rhythm and rhymes is music perfection.  One doesn’t overpower the other, actually, I never heard a rhythm that overpowers Black Thought.  He seems to meld into the spiritual core of the rhythm, acting as a lead instrument automatically.

The lyrcis are poignant, perfectly delivered and full of quotables and nods at social issues, politics, race and entertainment.  Some are readily understood, the majority are hidden and have to be deciphered for self… we discuss, culture but don’t give our cultures full blueprint.  FOH!

9TH VS THOUGHT:  boom bap at it’s finest.  9th does it again, this production has more attitude as Black Thought spits with intensity.  One has to admire his command of the language and ability to twist words like Mclaren and sounding it out like Mac Lauren.

This track is a lesson in the art of Rap, not hip hop.  He’s speaking effortlessly as a Professor of the game, directly to students.  The 9th driven track speaks with beats that mimic Thoughts sentiments.

Thought’s speaks is more than self admiration, rather facts to be contended if one dared.  His confidence comes from knowing that there aren’t many that would publicly aim darts. He has perfected all aspects of the emcee game without ghost writers and never really stopped training aka lyrical sword stays sharp and well maintained.

DOSTOYEVSKY feat. RAPSODY:  the beat comes in hard and heavy.  It’s not a crowded sound but built like a gun ready to lick lyrical shots at hip hop mental’s across the globe.  This isn’t a fluff release, every bar has meaning and nah, no wack filler verses at all.

Think the “Black Thought Funk Flex freestyle” but amplified 10x and powered by 9th and The Soul Council.

Rapsody rounds out the banger with bars that hold it’s own when versed up with Professor Thought.  She’s direct and apologetically dexterous with her grammar.  Love her wordplay and the way she rides the rhythm.

This is real fucking Rap, it’s not Hip Hop my peoples.

MAKING A MURDERER feat. STYLES P: ok, we got the Fela flip coming in strong.  Makes me wanna drink a Corona while smoking a freaked Black.  I feel like I’m in Belly and shit, playing out the Tunnel intro.

It’s a pleasant throwback feel that perfect for the clubs and any party.

Thought is just relentless with the offbeat flow that threw itself back on beat with the tempo.  Then Styles P bussing off with that grimey smooth flow.  These are the things that rap dreams are made.

What’s really fucked up is, i’m listening on some wack speakers right now and I know the bass is hard hitting and with that analog thump.  Kinda pissed that the first listen is subjected to such shitty acoustics, but it is what it is.  That track is still fire tho…

THANK YOU ft KIRBY:  damn that snare is sweet.  The final track is a soulful feel good, thanking everyone respectfully, who has contributed to his growth.  Head nodding happens innately as the production carries you through the semester with Professor Thought and Professor Wonder.

Journey on and experience your personal interpretation of “Streams of Thought” by supporting real Rap.

….and that’s The Brooklyn Word!


Black Thought & 9th Wonder are taking over Hip Hop on June 1, 2018 with “Streams of Thought”

In less than a week, one of Hip Hop’s most lyrically revered is releasing his first solo project with one of the culture’s most talented producers. We anticipate it to go down as as an essential classic.

Tariq Trotter aka Black Thought is joining forces with 9th Wonder & The Soul Council on production, to strike back at the culture with “Streams of Thought“.

stream of thought artwork

This is so dope for so many reasons, here are our top 5:

  1. 90’s heads been waiting for this since “Do You Want More”
  2. Black Thought did a 10min Funk Flex freestyle and broke the internet.
  3. His freestyle was better than most albums that came out after 2000, and has since been the pinnacle of what a true emcee is.
  4.   The Soul Council is composed of some of the best soulful audiophiles in the business and with 9th at the head, there is no way it won’t get a Grammy nod (early prediction).
  5. Cause Kanye’s album is dropping the same day.

With all  that’s happening in the culture these days, “Streams of Thought” is a refreshing breathe of fresh sound in a polluted and non lyrical time.  Spitting bars that matter is more of relic, slowly gaining steam with picky millennial ears.

The recent Pusha T, Kanye & Drake drama has brought some attention to the ancient art of subliminal battle rhymes.

The above drama has separated itself from the sing songy and androgynous energy of today’s youthful rhymes, which lack the finesse of the ancient art.  It’s currently touted on media sites as a Clash of the Titans type of match, which put’s word structure, wit and delivery ahead of commercial standards.

Well if that’s the case, the culture has no choice but to add a new neutral contender, who is merely an opponent as a result of sharing release dates and not by subliminal lyrical jabs being thrown/returned.

Black & 9th enters the ring with”Stream of Thought” and one can only Wonder?  Can Thought and 9th overshadow the clout chasing shenanigans pushing many artist today or will it get lost in the dust of “the machine“.

The Brooklyn Word predicts, it will reign supreme to real culture heads.   Once Nas’s album drops later in the month, heads will have time to properly digest all the recent albums.  While we feel the culture will agree that no album is fucking with “Streams of Thought”, we understand the commercial heads will side towards Good Music (no hate, we love Good Music).

Honestly, it’s just intuition and prediction, it’s not like we actually  know fa sure.  We haven’t heard a track from Thought & 9th, Nas or Kanye (aside from Poopity di scoop).

I think Nas is gonna be an iconic banger, but after many years and mental growth I’ve realized that Black Thought is better than Nas as an emcee.  I doubt you’ll ever see Nas battle Black Thought and if so, I doubt he could keep up with the amount of material that Thought has as well as daily experience, as Black Thought stays on the grind with the Tonight Show, touring and lectures.  The man has no time to relax and chill.  Shit, it’s been almost 30yrs and we are just now getting a solo project lol… thats a hard working muthafucka.

Follow the The Soul Council & Black Thought on Instagram: @ejones_music @khrysis @kashdntmkebeats @ampmusic @9thwondermusic @blackthought


Enjoy our own little remix to vintage Black Thought while we wait for the tasty sounds from 9th and The Soul Council… and thats The Brooklyn Word.

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Dope Tracks of The Week – Anderson Paak + Jean-Claude + Talib Kweli

Here are some dope tracks to move ya mind as it may…

  • Anderson Paak – Room In Here ft. The Game and Sonyae Elise

Props the Anderson for the dope track, funny I been listening to it and didn’t know that The Game was rhyming.  Dope choice Game for hoping on this better this, wouldn’t have thought it was his flav, now i know.

Anderson reminds me a bit of Bilal but with a younger vibe, Bilal is on some next continuum shxt, a compliment nonetheless.



  • Jean-Claude – If Music presents: You Need This! A Journey Into Deep Jazz (Album Sampler) 

More often than not, my spam is full of junk.  This time it was a promo from Lee Bright over at BBE.  I hate when good stuff goes there, fortunately I caught this Jazz gem.

It has that swing, dope horn sections and moving rhythms that perfect to vibe out to and sample for you producers out there.  Jean-Claude of If Music compiles some delicious treats, ingest slowly.  His site will leave you exploring for days, make sure you have time before getting sucked into melodic goodness.



  • Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder – Indie 500

If you haven’t heard this from Talib catch this joint that kinda sneaked up on heads.  Talib’s verbal skills got more meticulous over time and the collabs are ridiculous.  I wrote about it lightly a few weeks ago when it was free (not sure if it still is), but had to bring it back to the front.

9th Wonder is that chess piece on any production team, bringing in one of the most interesting and lyrically gifted female emcee’s out today Rapsody who has the Jean Grae type vibe.  I can’t get enough of her voice, it’s so vintage.  Not to mention Pharoah Monch, Hi-Tek, Nottz, Halo, Brother Ali, Planet Asia and many more who just destroy it.

Dope music didn’t die at all, you now just have to find it under all the clutter and bullshxt.  Support dope music, dope artist today…

And that’s The Brooklyn Word!