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The Roots’ Black Thought Opens Up About Parent’s Murder and Overcoming Rage in New Interview | Atlanta Black Star The Roots’ frontman Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter had it extremely difficult coming up since both of his parents were killed.



It’s something that he recently opened up about in an interview with The New York Times. But he hasn’t used that tough upbringing as an excuse to craft negative lyrics or create songs that are harmful to his community.

Instead, Trotter mastered the battle rap approach of rhyming, became an expert storyteller and can freestyle better than most rappers can write. If nothing else, the segment “Freestylin’ with The Roots” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” should serve as proof.

In his New York Times interview, Trotter gave some new details about his father and mother’s murder and how he and his brother lived entirely different lives. He also talked about surviving those harsh experiences and wanting more out of life than he was initially dealt.

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE | WASHINGTON, DC

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (Website).


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