Black Thought

A Philadelphia native, Black Thought (born Tariq Trotter) is the lead rapper and co-founder of The Roots. Along with his iconic hip hop group, the veteran MC made his debut with 1993's Organix. Known for his social and political depth as well as his eclectic style, he's worked with a wide range of artists from Common to Linkin Park. The Grammy-winning lyricist has also tried his hand in acting, appearing in several popular films, including Brown Suger and Spike Lee's Bamboozled.

John Legend, The Roots - Our Generation: Amex UNSTAGED ft. CL Smooth

Performing Ernie Hines’ 1970 classic at Terminal 5 in New York City, September 23, 2010. This updated version features CL Smooth - who, with Pete Rock, originally sampled Hines on the hip-hop classic “Straighten It Out." Directed by Spike Lee.

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