Rise Up!

J. Period’s “Rise Up!” features Black Thought, Posdnuos, Pharoah Monch

J. Period‘s “Rise Up!” is a protest-themed song featuring Black Thought of The Roots, De La Soul‘s Posdnuos, and Pharoah Monch. Featuring snippets of Martin Luther King, Jr. and John F. Kennedy speeches, the piano laden record has a somber but uplifting vibe centering around the importance of creative solidarity during these difficult times. J. . . .

Who Shot Ya?
New Music Aug 18  |  

Living Colour remakes Biggie’s “Who Shot Ya?” ft. Black Thought, Chuck D, Pharoahe Monch

It’s been a few decades since rock band Living Colour was prominent, but they are making an interesting return to the scene with a remake of The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Who Shot Ya?”, featuring Black Thought, Chuck D, Pharoah Monch, Prodigal Sunn, and Kyle Mansa. The band is releasing a mixtape on September 9th called MIXTAPE, . . .

making a murderer

Black Thought – “Making a Murderer” ft. Styles P (Prod. 9th Wonder)

Black Thought links with fellow veterans Styles P and 9th Wonder for the clanging, boom-bap-influenced sounds of “Making A Murderer.” Black Thought has rarely, if ever, disappointed as a lyricist, and he flexes once more on this new cut, which draws inspiration from Netflix’s successful series of the same name. Setting the crime scene off with . . .

statik selektah
New Music Dec 12  |  

Statik Selektah – “Couldn’t Tell” ft. Black Thought

Black Thought has been on a tear in recent weeks appearing on other rapper’s records like Freddie Gibbs and PRhyme; now we get a solid solo Black Thought cut courtesy of Statik Selektah. This track was left off of Statik’s ‘Lucky 7’ album, most definitely not for lack of quality. Stream or get the free download . . .

wishin ii
New Music Dec 10  |  

Black Thought Joins PRhyme For “Wishin II”

Black Thought joins PRhyme for “Wishin II,” so you should already know that admirable levels of lyricism are about to be in effect. PRhyme is composed of Royce da 5’9″ and DJ Premier. On “Wishin II,” Premier provides an attention-grabbing, rock influenced instrumental while Royce trades slick bars with Black Thought for the track’s duration. . . .

Extradite
New Music Nov 11  |  

Freddie Gibbs & Black Thought Trade Bars On “Extradite”

It’s like a generation gap-bridging, lyrically intensive musical match made in heaven. Freddie Gibbs teams up with the legendary Black Thought for “Extradite,” a Mikhail-produced single paying homage to earlier eras of hip-hop. Stream “Extradite” below, and check out the recently released “Packages” afterwards. Pre-order Freddie’s Shadow Of A Doubt album via iTunes.

imperial
New Music Jul 2  |  

Statik Selektah – “The Imperial” ft. Action Bronson, Black Thought, & Royce Da 5’9″

Lyricism abounds on Statik Selektah‘s “The Imperial,” thanks to verses in succession from Action Bronson, Royce Da 5’9″, and Black Thought. Cinematic strings and background vocals give the record a very cinematic, 1970’s sort of feel, and Black Thought absolutely destroys the last verse. Stream “The Imperial” below, and look for Statik’s What Goes Around . . .

Tory Lanez - "Wild Thoughts" (Remix) ft. Trey Songz
New Music Jul 23  |  

Tory Lanez – “Wild Thoughts” (Remix) ft. Trey Songz

DJ Khaled‘s  Grateful single “Wild Thoughts” single shot up the charts as expected and the remixes have been rolling in. We recently got “Wild Thots” from A Boogie wit da Hoodie and Fabolous. Now, Tory Lanez connects with Trey Songz for their Swave Session take on the hit. Stream below. The fans deserve more content . . .

Benny Starr
New Music Nov 18  |  

Benny Starr pens a letter to black women and floats it across “Cranes in the Sky”

Benny Starr has been working diligently this year, as he’s on a mission to put the state of South Carolina on the map. In a beautiful open letter, dedicated to black women, Starr put all of his feelings on the table: “As a Black Man, expressing my appreciation, in words, for Women of Color, especially Black . . .

New Music Sep 14  |  

Bronx rapper Black Dave drops the Kanye West-inspired “Aløne”

Many people take inspiration from Kanye West. Who can blame them? Bronx native Black Dave is one of them, and he delivers with “Aløne,” a new anthem inspired by Kanye. The record sees Dave take a trip down memory lane and speak on the state of NYC right now. He also gives us some more . . .

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Identity politics, Beyoncé, and why queer black men fell into formation

What happens when you can’t be yourself around those you’re supposed to identify with? Anti-blackness is pervasive enough. Leave homophobia at the door. We work to understand who we are. We deserve to be accepted. In the early hours of June 12, a gunman, Omar Mateen, opened fire in a crowded gay nightclub called Pulse . . .

we are here
News Jul 13  |  

We Are Here Movement: 23 ways you could be killed if you’re black

In midst of all the violent turmoil our country has faced in the past 2 weeks, it has been refreshing to see our favorite entertainers speak out and voice their opinions so passionately on the racial issues plaguing us. In a recent attempt to advocate peace and awareness a new petition was formed with the . . .

99.9%

KAYTRANADA’s ‘99.9%’ is proof of what Black boys can do when we let them live (Review)

I feel better than I ever have, you know? I’ve been sad my whole life, but fuck that. I know I have good things ahead. I don’t know honestly if I’m fully, 100 percent happy, but I’m starting to get there.”- Kaytranada (The Fader, 2016) A few days ago I turned 23, and I’ve never been . . .

Blacklist

AM Blacklist: Celebrating Iconic Black Music from 2000 – 2005

You’re probably reading this saying, “I thought Black History Month is over!” Well, you’re technically right. Technically. But, like the anarchist I am, I believe that it should have the maximum amount of days a month is allowed, therefore, as for me and my house, it extends into March 2nd this year. The early half . . .

Thoughts on the Current Incarnation of Kanye West

Thoughts on the Current Incarnation of Kanye West

Editor’s Note: This was originally written in November 2013 by Christiana A Mbakwe, but the words still ring true and pose some important questions. This is especially true today, in the wake of the catastrophic Twitter war between Kanye, Wiz Khalifa, and Amber Rose that we all saw unfold. Read Christiana’s Thoughts on the Current Incarnation . . .