Black Thought stays underated… Maybe it’s because he seldom puts any of his personal life in his songs so you dont feel that emotional visceral connection to him. Maybe it’s due to the lack of radio hits, even after—what? 13 albums later?… But for whatever reason, BT stays slept on. But most every MC coming outta Philly owes Tariq a Fathers Day card come June cuz He birthed these all cats on some test-tube baby -ish.
I still bump J.Period & Black Thought’s mixtape from 2010. It’s the closest we’ll get to a BT album.
But Malik B…. I got “water”—the joint BT did once Malik got done in by the heroin or coke he was on. Malik was prolly Philly’s Elzhi before Slum’s Elzhi got good. Malik was no joke. I think he’s clean now, but… oh what coulda been.
Great track. Malik never got the props he deserved for the way he killed this album. Thought’s had a great career and this album is easily in my all-time top 10, but I don’t agree that he’s underrated. I think you nailed a couple of the reasons why he’s not more popular (the lack of emotion and connection is a huge limitation in an mc and a completely understandable reason why an mc like Thought doesn’t get more props). Just my two cents.
there’s a real shortlist of folk who can really hang with Thought, Malik B was one… Bahamadia is truly unheralded as an MC and she went in with Thought on more than a few jawns… and of course the classic with Big Pun. I’d put “Super Lyrical” right up there with Big and Meth’s “The What” for some straight Batman & Robin beat-rippin’ ish.