The Roots’ Black Thought Pens Love Letter to 50 years of Hip Hop

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(GEMS RADIO)—The Roots’ Black Thought is marking the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop with a five minute clip with an ode to the genre.

“This is a Love Letter to Hip-Hop for me because hip-hop is the love of my life,” Black Thought said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “No matter what medium that it is that you’re working in, if you’re painting a picture, if you’re writing a book, if you’re writing a song, those works of art that resonate the most are when you actually pour your true self into it.”

He covers the history of rap music, explaining how yesterday’s artists influenced today’s artists, name-checking the genre’s legends, and celebrating the art form itself. “Extraordinary ethos / Takeoff from the Migos / to become entire ecosystems / It’s wild / to think about how long people have listened,” Tariq Trotter raps. “Now, 50 years down the line / we could spark this / my eternal beloved / hip-hop is where our hearts live.”



Written by: Robert Frezza

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