The Roots’ Black Thought is already an extremely respectable individual on or off the mic, but after his appearance on Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 show, he just earned the award for the most impressive linguistic acrobat of all time. We are not worthy.
The rapper delivered an incredible, incinerating 10-minute freestyle over the beat from Mobb Deep’s “The Learning (Burn),” referencing everything from politics to Shakespeare and stacking verse upon verse without missing a beat. Soon after the video was published, his name started trending on social media, and he took to Twitter to comment on his wordplay. He said: “That verse was just what I had to say at the moment lol.”
Apparently, he had a lot on his mind. Hold on to your hats, and watch the video of Black Thought’s Hot 97 freestyle below.