It's easy to take Black Thought for granted when he's been slaughtering the mic for nearly 30 years. His day job working the Tonight Show has not softened his lyrical muscles, which he flexes on a new track with 9th Wonder and Styles P called "Making a Murderer.'
9th Wonder lays down a shuffling drum beat and samples what might be a Fela Kuti song. Is that an oboe sample in there? Despite the fact that he's rapping on a 9th Wonder beat, Styles P is not left in an enviable position -- the verse after Black Thought.
Yo, I probably began in the Rift Valley
In places untraceable by Rand McNally
Took a cobblestone trolley through a Mercer Street alley
The more championship rings than John Salley
Biochemically on par with Salvador Dali
I traveled to Tijuana to smack the federali
Who packing avocado toast like Mario Batali
I'm an ocean without a coast, going back to Cali