For a guy with an illustrious career spanning over twenty-years, Black Thought rarely does interviews, as Questlove is the frontman for The Roots. All these years later I can’t point to one definitive Black Thought interview outside of maybe a Juan Epstein appearance for the Undun album promo run, but that interview was surface at best.
Thought recently sat down with comedian Neal Brennan on his fantastic Champs podcast. They discussed his childhood in depth, growing up in Philly, losing both his parents at an early age, The Tonight Show, battling Boyz II Men in early talent shows, and aspiring to be a visual artist way before pursuing hip-hop full-time with The Roots.
They also delve into his working relationship with Questlove, outside endeavors and the whole Soulaquarian movement with Common, Talib Kweli, Mos Def and others. Overall, it’s a pretty funny and revealing interview from one the best emcees currently in the game.
You can stream Black Thought’s interview here