Tariq Trotter

Tariq Trotter

Highest Rated: 81% Night Catches Us (2010)

Lowest Rated: 36% Yelling to the Sky (2012)

Birthday: Oct 3, 1971

Birthplace: Not Available

Better known as Black Thought, Tariq Trotter is an American rap artist and the lead MC of the Philadelphia-based hip hop group The Roots. Black Thought, who co-founded The Roots with drummer ?uestlove (Ahmir Thompson), is widely lauded for his complex and politically aware lyrical content, and his sharply honed live performances. After Moving from Southfield, MI and attending Southfield Lathrup High School, Tariq and ?uest met in the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, and formed a drummer/MC duo performing on the streets of Philly and at talent shows. Thought would subsequently spend some time as one of two MCs in the group The Square Roots: the other one was Malik B. A name change (to simply The Roots) and an album release ("Organix") Black Thought and Malik struck a balance, with Malik bringing more personal raps and Thought oriented more towards a more political style infused with battle raps. After Malik B. left the group, Thought continued drifting toward the political, and was featured on several other records like Common's "One Day it'll All Make Sense," Linkin Park's "Reanimation" and more recently its frontman Mike Shinoda's "The Rising Tied," as well as Damian Marley's "Welcome to Jamrock" and The Coup's "Pick a Bigger Weapon." Black Thought was in the process of recording a solo album (to be titled "Masterpiece Theater"), but the project was shelved when it was realized the effort would not assist the group in their release from their contract with MCA Records. Some of the songs he had recorded were eventually released as tracks on The Roots' album "Phrenology." He is working on a collaborative project with producer Danger Mouse (which, according to XXL magazine, is tentatively being called "Dangerous Thoughts"), as well as a Gangsta Grillz mixtape with DJ Drama. He is still a core member of The Roots. He has also been a member of two production teams, Grand Negaz and The Grand Wizzards. The Roots latest album "Game Theory" shows a more introspective side of Black Thought and is the "darkest" Roots album to date.

Highest Rated Movies



79% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping The Roots 2016
79% Get On Up Pee Wee Ellis $22.9M 2014
36% Yelling to the Sky Roland 2012
No Score Yet White Wash Tariq Trotter 2011
81% Night Catches Us Bostic Washington $75.8K 2010
54% Explicit Ills Kaleef 2009
No Score Yet In NorthWood Actor 2009
No Score Yet Love Rome Tariq 2004
66% Brown Sugar Himself $27.2M 2002
50% Brooklyn Babylon Sol 2001
48% Bamboozled Levi--Musical Director $1.9M 2000


No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Guest Performer 2019
No Score Yet Desus & Mero (2016)
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry
Performer 2005


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