Black Thought
Black Thought

Birth name

Tariq Luqmaan Trotter


3 October 1971


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


Hip hop

Years active



Okayplayer, Def Jam

Associated acts

9th Wonder, Common, Mos Def, The Roots, Talib Kweli

Tariq Luqmaan Trotter (born 3 October 1971), better known by his stage name Black Thought, is an American rapper who is the lead rapper of the Philadelphia-based hip hop band The Roots. Black Thought who co-founded The Roots with drummer Questlove, is widely lauded for his live performance skills and his complex and politically aware lyrical content.

He has starred in films such as BamboozledPerfume and Brooklyn Babylon. He recorded a solo album, Masterpiece Theatre, but the project was scrapped when he learned that the album would not count toward The Roots' contractual commitments. However, most of the vocals appeared on The Roots' 2002 album Phrenology. In 2006, he began working on a collaborative project with producer Danger Mouse entitled Dangerous Thoughts, but it is yet to be released. In early 2013, he announced he was working on a solo album entitled The Talented Mr. Trotter, which is yet to be released. He also began work on a memoir with journalist and music critic Jeff Chang. In 2018, he released a solo EP, Streams of Thought, Vol. 1.



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