Tariq Trotter

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As Co-Founder of The Roots, a critically acclaimed solo artist, actor, writer, producer, and creator, Tariq Trotter—aka Black Thought—has quietly affirmed himself as one of the most prolific, prescient, and powerful voices in hip-hop. Over the course of his career, he has won four GRAMMY® Awards and three NCAAP Image Awards. Not only did he deliver eleven applauded albums with The Roots, but the group also joined “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” as the house band and now a beloved mainstay of late-night television for over a decade. Beyond collaborations with everyone from Eminem, John Legend, J Dilla, and Big Pun to Linkin Park, Logic, and Fall Out Boy, he co-produced the multiplatinum GRAMMY® Award-winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton. Alongside fellow The Roots co-founder Questlove, he launched the production company Two One Five Entertainment, executive producing the AMC documentary series, Hip-Hop: The Songs That Shook America. Teaming up with Academy® Award winner John Ridley, he makes his theater debut with the musical Black No More in 2021. His presence has also seamlessly translated into roles in film in television such as HBO’s “The Deuce”. Black Thought’s solo career accelerated at full speed with his Streams of Thought series in 2018. Pairing him with a legendary producer for each release, Streams of Thought, Vol. 1 with 9th Wonder generated millions of streams as Pitchfork proclaimed he “is somehow still improving decades after his peers’ primes, which in hip-hop sounds almost as crazy as a professional athlete doing the same.” He joined forces with Salaam Remi on Streams of Thought, Vol. 2 before returning with producer Sean-C for 2020’s Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able. Marking his debut for Republic Records, it features collaborations with Portugal. The Man and ScHoolboy Q as well as the lead single “Good Morning” [feat. Swizz Beatz, Pusha T, & Killer Mike]. Lyrically dexterous, politically provocative, and consciously incisive, Black Thought encourages the game to move forward with him yet again.