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Black Thought of The Roots
January 27th, 2011.
9:30pm. $10. 21+
Refuge (116 SE Yamhill)
Advanced tickets available through brownpapertickets.com
Black Thought: Tariq Trotter (born on October 3, 1973), better known as Black Thought, is an American hip-hop artist who is the lead MC of the Philadelphia-based hip hop group The Roots. Black Thought, who co-founded The Roots with drummer Questlove (Ahmir Thompson), is widely lauded for his complex and politically aware lyrical content, and his sharply honed live performances.
The Roots released their debut album Organix in 1993 and followed up with Do You Want More?!!!??! in 1995. Recorded without any sampling, the album was huge among alternative music fans and true listeners of hip hop. Around the release of the album, the Roots performed at the Lollapalooza alternative music festival and Montreux Jazz Festival. Illadelph Halflife, the band's 1996 album, became its first album to chart within the top 40 spots on the Billboard 200 because of the successful single “What They Do”. Things Fall Apart followed in 1999, the year the band played at the Woodstock 99 concert and was considered by many to be some of the best work in the genre of hip hop.
In 2000, the Roots won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “You Got Me”, with guest performances by Erykah Badu and Eve. The Roots' album Things Fall Apart was nominated for the Best Rap Album award and during the same year they played for Jay-Z's acoustic concert for the television program MTV Unplugged. Succeeding albums have been Phrenology (2002), The Tipping Point (2004), Game Theory (2006), Rising Down (2008), and How I Got Over (2010). For those that know nothing about hip hop and real music, you might recognize Black Thought as the mc from the band on the Jimmy Fallon show. If that is the only way that you know of The Roots than you are an idiot.