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Black Thought

Black Thought

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birthday
3rd
October, 1971
Birth Sign
libra
Biography

Fast Facts About Black Thought 

Black Thought is Tariq Trotter, the leader of Philadelphia-based hip-hop group The Roots. Trotter was born on October 3, 1971, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Trotter’s early days were highly turbulent due to difficult circumstances and living in a rough area. However, he was able to rise above his hardships and become a highly successful musician.

  • Tariq was born to Thomas and Cassandra Trotter. Both of his parents were members of the Nation of Islam, an offshoot of the Muslim religion created by Wallace Ford Muhammad in the 1930s. 
  • Tariq’s father died when he was just a baby, and his mother also died when he was in high school. Left an orphan, the young Trotter went to live in Detroit before returning to Philadelphia and attending the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. After high school, he attended Miller University, where he studied journalism.
  • Before his music career began, Trotter was often on the edge of being in big trouble with the law. He frequently tagged “DT” or simply “T” around his hometown of Philadelphia as a high schooler, and he was a crack dealer at one point. 
  • Black Thought has appeared in several films, including Perfume, Love Rome, Brooklyn Babylon, and Bamboozled, all of which were released in the early 2000s.
  • Black Thought has been married to his wife Michelle since 2010. The couple has four sons and one daughter.
  • Tariq is now 49 years old. 
  • He is estimated to have a net worth of around $12 million.
  • Black Thought stands 5’ 7” tall, considerably shorter than his bandmate Questlove, who is 6’ 4”. 
instruments played
drums
keyboard
vocal
Associated Acts

The Roots Common Yasiin Bey Talib Kweli J Dilla Pharoahe Monch 9th Wonder Eminem J.Period Salaam Remi Big Pun Cassper Nyovest

Birth Name

Tarik Luqmaan Trotter

Children

5

Genres

Hip hop

Labels

Okayplayer Def Jam Republic

Occupation

Rapper Songwriter Actor

Origin

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Other Names

Tariq Trotter Reek Ruffin Riq Geez

Website
Years Active

1987 present

Name

Black Thought

Nationality

United States of America

Black Thought: The Music

  • In the late 80s, Tariq became friends with Ahmir Thompson, better known as Questlove, and the two became a musical duo. Tariq rapped while Questlove drummed, and the duo, who called themselves The Square Roots at first, went on to form The Roots.
  • The artist has also been featured as a guest on many songs by others, including “X-Ecutioner Style” by Linkin Park, “Right Now” by Fort Minor, “My Favorite Mutiny” by the Coup, “Stolen Moments Part 2” by Common, and many more.
  • Allmusic’s Andy Kellman once described Black Thought as “one of the most skilled, incisive, and prolific rappers of his time.” Many other music critics have praised Tariq’s rapping and his influence on popular culture, and several rappers have cited Black Thought as a role model. Emcees who have said that Black Thought has influenced them include Logic, Rapsody, Joey Badass, Shad, and others.
  • With The Roots, Black Thought has released a long string of highly successful studio albums, including Organix, Do You Want More?!!!??!, Illadelph Halflife, Things Fall Apart, Phrenology, The Tipping Point, Game Theory, Rising Down, How I Got Over, Undun, and ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin.
  • One of Black Thought’s most anticipated releases has never come out – his long-awaited collaboration with producer Danger Mouse. Titled Dangerous Thoughts, the album was originally announced in 2006. However, fans are still waiting for it to come out.
  • As a member of The Roots, Black Thought has been awarded a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. The Roots have also been awarded Grammys for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album.

With The Roots 

  • After dealing with the deaths of his mother and father, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter continued his creative partnership with Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. In 1987, the duo formed The Roots, a band born from The Square Roots, Questlove and Black Thought’s initial musical collaboration. The band features a wide array of musicians, including Kamal Gray, Captain Kirk Douglas, Damon Bryson (AKA “Tuba Gooding Jr.), Ray Angry, James Poyser, Mark Kelley, Stro Elliot, Jeremy Ellis, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, and Dave Guy.
  • The Roots initially had a hard time making a name for themselves in the Philly music scene. As a result, the group moved to London, where they recorded and released Organix, their 1993 debut album. The record helped The Roots gain a name for themselves in Europe, and they eventually found a following in their homeland. After receiving offers from many labels, the group signed to DGC, with whom they released their second album in 1995.
  • Do You Want More?!!!??!, the follow-up to Organix, is now considered a classic in the genre of jazz rap. The band found their sound by blending hip-hop, a genre often characterized by sampling, with real instruments often used in a big band context. They followed up their 1995 sophomore album with Illadelph Halflife, a record that became the band’s first to hit the Top 40. 
  • After releasing several more highly successful albums, The Roots went on to become the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from 2009 to 2014, accompanying the host as he made the transition to heading up The Tonight Show
  Sources: Tariq Trotter | Discography Black Thought's Parents Were Murdered — Here's How He Turned Tragedy Into Motivation | Hip Hop DX Not My Job: We Quiz Black Thought, Co-Founder Of The Roots, On Suits | NPR

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