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“.
This is so dope for so many reasons, here are our top 5:
- 90’s heads been waiting for this since “Do You Want More”
- Black Thought did a 10min Funk Flex freestyle and broke the internet.
- His freestyle was better than most albums that came out after 2000, and has since been the pinnacle of what a true emcee is.
- 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).
- 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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