The Roots’ Black Thought on Pre-Show Routines, Street Performances, and the Influence of Springsteen

Long before he became the voice of one of the most essential hip-hop groups of a generation, Tariq Trotter started performing on the streets of Philadelphia with another young man named Ahmir Thompson. Not long later, the duo stood at the fore of a massively influential band, now going by Black Thought and ?uestlove. The Roots made a splash quickly, kicking off in the early ’90s and reaching the platinum echelon with 1999’s classic Things Fall Apart…

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