Black Thought Is Loved and Feared by Your Favorite Rapper

Tarik Luqmaan Trotter is not your father’s late-night television bandleader. Whether inside or outside of the recording booth, the Philadelphian orator and scribe extraordinaire is also an anomaly. Let’s consider his origin story. Before Tarik Trotter turned two, his father — a gangster and Muslim from South Philadelphia — died in a hail of bullets at age 26. During Tarik’s teen years, his mother, who fell victim to the crack era, was also murdered…

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