Somehow, I got wind of this release late but knew to be watching out for it today. Many forget Black Thought’s live performance abilities as the discussion of his placement among the top emcees gets debated. The weight I place on being able to rock a stage has increased since I’ve watched countless newly hyped artists take the stage in a storm and completely flounder simply because they inaudibly yelled instead of delivering their lyrics, smoked one too many izms before taking the stage and forcing them to make the blasphemous mistake of rapping over an audio track or whatever other countless reasons for sucking that could apply here.
Black’s never had that problem, instead it’s just the opposite. His longevity and high ranking stem from being able to man the mic on any stage and deliver his words in concise fashion without becoming exasperated. The words heard on CDs and mp3s come through as controlled and clear in the live setting, giving them more impact as a result. Backed by J. Period as a part of the DJ’s Live Mixtape series, this live set should cure a few nonbelievers of the Philly lyricist and rewards those fans who are already members of the choir.
“Truelements + Lyrics to Go present the “J.Period Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)” EP, a first-of-its-kind J.Period mixtape recorded LIVE onstage at Toronto’s premiere hip hop festival, The Manifesto, Sept. 26, 2010. Starring legendary MC Black Thought (The Roots), the “J.Period Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)” EP features a 30-minute barrage of live J.Period remixes with Black Thought ripping rhymes over new and classic hip hop hits, Roots fan favorites, plus a finale segment where Thought pays tribute to his favorite MCs by impersonating them (a la The Roots’ “Boom”).” [J. Period]
Below, a glimpse of the Manifesto festival performance from where the mixtape comes.