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Mixtape: The Prestige: Jam Boy Magic
Headliner: Black Thought, Dice Raw, Truck North, P.O.R.N. and S.T.S.
Key cameos: Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Peedi Crakk
Essential info: Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter has an extremely crowded plate on his hands. The Philadelphia MC appears nightly, along with the rest of the Roots, on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” And this past weekend, he and the rest of the legendary 215 crew once again hosted their annual jam session during the Grammy Awards festivities.
While the Roots contemplate their next project, which according to drummer ?uestlove is still in the embryonic stages (check back in March, he said), Thought is finalizing a litany of collections that he hopes will see the light of day soon.
“I’m working on an EP tentatively titled The Talented Mr. Trotter with B!nk (Kanye West’s “Devil in a New Dress”) and I’ve been working on an album Dangerous Thoughts with Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley) for the past few years. That’s still a work in progress,” he told Mixtape Daily.
Last month, Thought and his new crew — the Money Making Jam Boys: Dice Raw, Truck North, P.O.R.N. and S.T.S. — released their 10 Deep-sponsored mixtape (Kid Cudi, Donnis, Wale) hosted by DJs Mick Boogie and Terry Urban.
The Prestige: Jam Boy Magic is anchored by Black Thought and once again showcases how the veteran MC is one of hip-hop’s most underrated talents.
“Cheeba, Cheeba, this is Friday Night street fever,” BT spits on the MMJB standout “Friday Night Street Fever.” “The heat seeker, keep it cutting like a meat cleaver/ The grim reaper, I ain’t eating you ain’t eating neither/ The team leader, dream weaver/ Keep a mean diva.”
“I just try to stay busy,” Thought said of his output.
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