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Black Thought Addresses People Referring To Him As An "Underrated" Artist
 

 
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"He also spoke about opting for collaborations with artists who don't sound or have a similar vibe as his band, The Roots.


Collaborators can range from artists that fit in the same box to pairings that seem as if they would make unlikely matches. We've seen Hip Hop artists partner with their peers in Pop, Jazz, R&B, Neo-Soul, Punk, Alt-Rock, and more, and it makes sense for rappers looking to expand and experiment with sounds. Even within our Hip Hop bubble, there is a sonic variety that makes for collision in the booth, much like that of Black Thought and Danger Mouse uniting for their joint album, Cheat Codes.

These two veterans are no strangers to making magic as solo artists and coveted collaborators, and their most recent release speaks to their unmatched talents. The recently caught up with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 to discuss the record, and during the conversation, Black Thought shared what he looks for in a collaborator.

"I think, initially, I look for someone who is not The Roots and is not trying to approximate what I do in The Roots, because that would defeat the purpose," he said. "I have an outlet for that energy and for the way I write and the way I perform in The Roots, I sort of have The Roots for that. There's 15 of us. You know? Yeah, if I'm going to work with a different producer, I look for someone who not only doesn't sound like The Roots, but someone who is comfortable in their own sound and is confident and cognizant of that."

Elsewhere, he also addressed being referred to as an "underrated" rapper.

"I think over the years I've definitely felt like, yeah. I mean, people, everyone says that," said the Rap legend. "Everyone I meet, 'You're so underrated. You're so underrated.' Or in interviews, it's, 'How do you feel to be so underrated?' But yeah, I don't know. The people whose opinions matter to me have always properly rated me, so it's never really been a huge deal for me."

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 1 month ago '15        #2
TheCompanyMan  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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Great album.
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 1 month ago '18        #3
Eclectic  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x168 OP
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 1 month ago '15        #4
JRob1125 
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At this point I would say more underappreciated than underrated
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 1 month ago '04        #5
xbossxplayax 
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the case where an artist's skill dont equate fame & money

the general public have decided to call that underrated
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 1 month ago '22        #6
Bald GOD  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 JRob1125 said
At this point I would say more underappreciated than underrated
That's fair

He been rapping 30+ years so he's obvi known in real n*gga circles
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 1 month ago '17        #7
Naga Sadow  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x23
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I've been a fan since Organix but I'm glad to finally see them get their recognition.
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 1 month ago '11        #8
kevin boogz  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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i forgot who said it. but the Black Thought is your favorite rapper, favorite rapper.
but they were afraid to do a collab, because Black Thought would smoke them.

i think that is also one of the reasons, that he is not as big as he should be, fame wise.


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 1 month ago '19        #9
Bklynzfinest  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 JRob1125 said
At this point I would say more underappreciated than underrated

 1 month ago '19        #10
Bklynzfinest  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 kevin boogz said
i forgot who said it. but the Black Thought is your favorite rapper, favorite rapper.
but they were afraid to do a collab, because Black Thought would smoke them.

i think that is also the reason, that he is not as big as he should be, fame wise.
He's not more famous because he nor the roots never really had that crossover appeal and ability (more like 'want') to do commercial tracks...that's what separates Nas over the commons, mos defs, and BTs of the game...versatility to shine on both ends of the spectrum...
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 1 month ago '13        #11
THEDONN  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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Top 3 out of philly all time

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 1 month ago '11        #12
kevin boogz  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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 Bklynzfinest said
He's not more famous because he nor the roots never really had that crossover appeal and ability (more like 'want') to do commercial tracks...that's what separates Nas over the commons, mos defs, and BTs of the game...versatility to shine on both ends of the spectrum...
i agree but he also was not featured on a lot of songs.
i meant to say one of the reasons in my original post.

 1 month ago '19        #13
Bklynzfinest  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 kevin boogz said
i agree but he also was not featured on a lot of songs.
i meant to say one of the reasons in my original post.
I hear u...but then it's weird because a dude like canibus was getting called for features during his time of dominance and emcees didn't seem scared...but the most notable feature I can think of with thought is when Pun put him on super lyrical...would've liked to see him on some sh*t with wu tang...roots didn't fit the mold of the mid 90s emcees who were moving on to talk about flossing and commercial sh*t with lyricism...his was more pure lyricist lounge type of tracks...can't see him on many songs with big, nas, AZ, Jay, pac, etc...i don't know if I can say they got pigeonholed either because they made the music/subject matters they did by choice...
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 1 month ago '11        #14
kevin boogz  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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 Bklynzfinest said
I hear u...but then it's weird because a dude like canibus was getting called for features during his time of dominance and emcees didn't seem scared...
i think that with canibus, he was more industry connected. the people that were behind him worked with a lot of rappers. and funny that you mention him, because this what cost his career at the end. with the whole LL thing.

 Bklynzfinest said
.roots didn't fit the mold of the mid 90s emcees who were moving on to talk about flossing and commercial sh*t with lyricism
that's true that was another thing. we can kind of say similar thing with mos def and them.

 Bklynzfinest said
.can't see him on many songs with big, nas, AZ, Jay, pac, etc...i don't know if I can say they got pigeonholed either because they made the music/subject matters they did by choice...
i see what you saying, but it could have just been a ''best MC/boosting'' track.
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 1 month ago '18        #15
Eclectic  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x168 OP
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 1 month ago '22        #16
Candidnigga 
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Underappreciated

 1 month ago '04        #17
RoyceDa59 
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 THEDONN said
Top 3 out of philly all time

and he's not 2 or 3
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 1 month ago '21        #18
LeCryintheCar 
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Black Thought >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Loopy Fiasco
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 1 month ago '17        #19
Sucka Repellent  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x10
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 JRob1125 said
At this point I would say more underappreciated than underrated
this.

 1 month ago '17        #20
Sucka Repellent  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x10
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 RoyceDa59 said
and he's not 2 or 3
facts.

 1 month ago '19        #21
Beach city  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x11
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Black thought is legend
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 1 month ago '05        #22
JohnnyCage202  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x14
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 1 month ago '19        #23
Dr Imhrat Khan 
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Get ready to slap…

Black Thought’s problem is that he has zero charisma.

He’s the best lyricist with zero charisma ever.
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 1 month ago '17        #24
Sucka Repellent  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x10
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 1 month ago '17        #25
Sucka Repellent  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x10
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the GOAT....






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