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  • Published on Dec 13, 2017
  • The legendary Black Thought freestyle at HOT 97 with Funk Flex. 10 minutes of absolute BARS. Voted #1 freestyle of 2017.
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  • Dansg08
    Dansg08 3 years ago +5111

    I got goosebumps within about 20 seconds, expecting it to go away after a few seconds. I now spend my days living as a hedgehog.

  • Keys
    Keys 4 months ago +1502

    This freestyle is greater than most artists entire discography.

    • Thank You Jesus My Lord, My God
      Thank You Jesus My Lord, My God 6 days ago

      @Bai Su Zhen Only someone who has no skill in lyricism says this isn't off the top. Just because you don't know good artists doesnt mean people dont have this level of skill. Ive done the same thing for longer, its a breeze

    • Thank You Jesus My Lord, My God
      Thank You Jesus My Lord, My God 6 days ago

      @Luke Butler You clearly don't know what lyrical skill constitutes. This is definitely off the top. Ive done the exact same thing for even longer

    • Minister D. Kinsey Bey
      Minister D. Kinsey Bey 8 days ago

      Lol right

    • Jymile Leonard
      Jymile Leonard 12 days ago

      This comment is golden🤣🤣🤣🤣

    • Patrick Byrne
      Patrick Byrne 21 day ago +1

      It’s now laid in legend. It’s the fkin bar.

  • Chad D
    Chad D Month ago +299

    Came out 4 years ago today and still the single greatest display of emceeing in hip hop history.

  • Luis Lopez
    Luis Lopez 2 months ago +108

    Noone can top this ever. Pure Hip Hop at it's finest!

    • Gre Funky
      Gre Funky Day ago

      @aapadre Exactly. I think Black Thought is probably one of the greatest written freestylers ever. But I also believe things can always be improved. Just look at off the top freestyling, Harry Mack has showed that what people previously thought was impossible, he can do without any effort and zero mistakes. The skill level will keep improving.

    • aapadre
      aapadre 3 days ago

      @whoIS AminoBlack thank u. This is pure greatness but how can we expect the culture to move forward just to say there’s no way this can be topped. If hip hop has reached its potential then what is the point of moving forward? I want my kids to know with hard work they can progress the genre past this point and keep the tradition and culture going past ourselves. This is praise to black thought but limiting to the same genre that gave him a platform

    • Diop Williams
      Diop Williams Month ago

      College course

    • Spaniel56
      Spaniel56 Month ago +1

      Give king louse freestyle a listen, there are too many ways to be great to have one

    • whoIS AminoBlack
      whoIS AminoBlack 2 months ago +7

      There are a literal ton of great artist in hip hop. And all subgenres are welcome. There is no "pure" hip hop. It's all just hip hop.
      Sorry but you don't get to gatekeep a subjective art form

  • BurghNation8694
    BurghNation8694 3 months ago +104

    The way he switches between flows and rhyme schemes so smoothly is unfathomable... true genius

  • Prince Yem
    Prince Yem 3 months ago +140

    This how you know black thought is all about the flow.. No naked females, jewelry and cash flashing just MC kicking sick ass bars..lit af. The most creative radio freestyle I've ever heard.

  • Nhlanhla Mabobo
    Nhlanhla Mabobo Month ago +21

    The euphemisms, alliteration, the cadence, the articulation, the poetry and richness of the content. The intensity of the delivery. Top tier lyricism🙌🙌

  • GrownMan101
    GrownMan101 4 months ago +182

    If only Black Thought and Andre 3000 would do an entire album together...... instant Euphoria. There isn't an element on Earth worthy enough to replicate their album. Some go gold, some go platinum, If Black Thought and 3000 came together, the engineers would literally have to travel to Jupiter to mine some intergalactic ore to bring back for their album. And anyone who is a music lover knows I'm right.

    • Musoke MSK
      Musoke MSK 16 days ago


    • andy houghtaling
      andy houghtaling 18 days ago

      Good call. Would have to feature Big Boi on at least one track though, for that nostalgic feel.

    • GrownMan101
      GrownMan101 Month ago

      @Ronald Revell jr I almost feel like Black can work with anyone. Jawn he just did with Common "How we Move" is fire

    • Stacey Tunstill
      Stacey Tunstill Month ago

      Maybe they will. They are both incredible collaborators, always unselfish. The first time I saw John Legend was in a small club, maybe 20 people there. I said "This guy should record with the Roots". I kept saying that until 15 years later when they dropped "Wake Up!"

    • Ronald Revell jr
      Ronald Revell jr 2 months ago

      @GrownMan101 I am from Philly too.. picture BLACK THOUGHT -W-KOOL G ......

  • Sector Mentor
    Sector Mentor 3 months ago +140

    Was feeling a bit run down, but this has uplifted me! The best execution of language in any art genre!

  • UwgAllDay
    UwgAllDay 4 years ago +4213

    No stumbles. His breath control is perfect. The content is impeccable. The lyricism is on 100. Black Thought is a living LEGEND. Give this man his roses

    • Dennis Brown
      Dennis Brown 3 days ago

      Whole fact

    • eriqc
      eriqc 3 days ago

      Yes. Yes!

    • Antwon gza
      Antwon gza 5 days ago +1

      True mc

    • A Sparrow
      A Sparrow 7 days ago

      @wut up tho he messed up only twice but even those mistakes were phonetic & not literal.

    • randall armstrong
      randall armstrong 8 days ago +1

      @A Sparrow Yes he's most definitely playing the long game.

  • Geoffrey Banks
    Geoffrey Banks 17 days ago +19

    This was legendary. I’ve never heard anything this glorious. This was an experience. I’m completely blown away.

  • LCC144
    LCC144 Month ago +20

    This should be on Spotify... and have a college course dedicated to it

  • Charlie Buffett
    Charlie Buffett 3 months ago +46

    This is beyond a freestyle, it is simply a work of art.

  • Stijn D
    Stijn D 3 months ago +97

    This would be one of the most impressive lyric perfromances ever, even if it was written. The fact that this is freestyle makes me wonder why Black Thought isn´t a household name internationally

    • Luke Davies
      Luke Davies Day ago

      @Gre Funky Well most rappers these days stink and pay for ghost writers so that’ll be why they can’t off the dome freestyle hahah but I get what you’re saying 👍 The ones that can make good music and freestyle if asked to are the ones we need to respect more - because there really aren’t many out there. I don’t even like Juice WRLD’s music, but man I’d listen to him freestyle all day. He was one of very few tbh. King Los, like you mentioned is up there though for sure.

    • Gre Funky
      Gre Funky Day ago

      ​@Luke Davies I can agree with you there. Although it would be easy to think that they are similar., in most cases off the top freestylers and written rappers don't transition well into each others categories, it's almost like they use completely different parts of the brain, as many written rappers talked about the difficulty of off the top, and vice versa.

      But can definitely understand you not liking his sound, to each their own mate.

    • Luke Davies
      Luke Davies Day ago

      @Gre Funky Yeah I know about Mack mate. Man’s vocabulary is next level hahaha nobody can deny his off the top freestyles are nuts. He just doesn’t (in my opinion though ofc) sound good. And if he was to make music I wouldn’t listen to it you know? But yes I’ve not seen anyone on Mack’s level tbh, you give the man a word and he’ll give you a whole paragraph of bars related to that word, off the top of his head 😂

    • Gre Funky
      Gre Funky Day ago

      @Luke Davies Although I have huge respect for many of the off the top legends like King Los, Eyedea and Juice, I truly believe Harry Mack is the best off the top freestyler to have ever lived, and it's not even close. Watch this one video of him and see what you think. Would be interesting to hear your thoughts. ru-clip.com/video/1XZJKKNopEw/video.html

      Incase youtube doesn't show links:

    • Stevie Cheatham
      Stevie Cheatham 8 days ago +2

      @A lex none of this is off the dome you are wrong

  • MrKlthompson973
    MrKlthompson973 2 years ago +1295

    Bro did 10 minutes straight without falling off and it all made sense #legendary

    • Rebecca Dooley
      Rebecca Dooley 2 years ago

      Lol. Alot of people can do that. He just did alot more.

    • Leon Maja
      Leon Maja 2 years ago

      @Madalitso Phiri too too dope ohn

    • Madalitso Phiri
      Madalitso Phiri 2 years ago +3

      Not to mention Flex only called him the night before to make the invitation

    • Dustin Fidge
      Dustin Fidge 2 years ago +5

      Plus his rhyme schemes and breath control are both flawless

    • Hold This L
      Hold This L 2 years ago +5

      Pre-Kardashian Kanye

  • Domane215
    Domane215 28 days ago +22

    Most underrated rapper in Hip-Hop history. Everything was on point from the lyricism to the breath control to the cadence to the wordplay. He was even dropping knowledge in the midst of the barz. Crazy 🔥

    • Rando Persón
      Rando Persón 7 days ago

      The Roots man… he’s literally The Roots. 😂

    • Rando Persón
      Rando Persón 7 days ago +1

      Underrated? 😂🤣😂🤣

      That man is a LEGEND. Wtf is wrong with you? 🤦‍♂️

  • Aiden Kasakya Muganzi
    Aiden Kasakya Muganzi 3 months ago +53

    Chills... This is what you call setting the bar high... Genius. Crisp. Mastery. Informed. Education.

  • JoylessTunic738
    JoylessTunic738 2 months ago +14

    8:19 Black Thought removes any doubt he is the best to ever do it. From this point on, it's a ride we are all on, we don't know where it's going but we know it's an experience unlike anything else!

    • whoIS AminoBlack
      whoIS AminoBlack 2 months ago +1

      I love BT. but there is no "best" in rap. After all, music is 100% subjective. It's cool to have opinions and preferences, but that's all they are. You can't hold an art form to any objective standards

  • Ebony Irvin
    Ebony Irvin 2 months ago +24

    This still has that effect! Tarik the 🐐‼️. “I am walking affirmation that imagination, and focus and patience can get you closer to your aspirations” - Black Thought”

  • rico rogers
    rico rogers Year ago +1487

    This is literally one of the most historic displays of lyricism......

    • woo _shynen
      woo _shynen 24 days ago

      @Paul Sletten how exactly? He said "one of the greatest freestyles", not the greatest. Its true though, this is one of the most impressive and greatest examples of lyricism ever.

    • Hecameup
      Hecameup 3 months ago

      We are not worthy.. InshAllah

      BLACK JESUS 4 months ago


    • Andrew M
      Andrew M 4 months ago

      Might be literally the GOAT continuous flow

    • MH Holmez
      MH Holmez 5 months ago

      yep it is one of 'em

  • Mack Foreal
    Mack Foreal 27 days ago +12

    “I step in the booth, I’m a bull inside a china shop” sooo many crazy bars and his breath control is INSANE

  • Oarabile Seoke
    Oarabile Seoke 4 months ago +16

    He is on his own level, has no equal 🔥

  • Riley
    Riley Month ago +22

    The way Black Thought is flowing, this lyrics, his cadence, it’s all perfect

  • tony dillard
    tony dillard 3 months ago +30

    Seriously, no words left, he used them All! So Smooth And Nice With It! 💥💥💥💥💥💥💥

  • Rexford Sackitey
    Rexford Sackitey Year ago +2168

    Bruh. He says the simplest things in the weirdest most profound ways... instead of simply saying I’ll kill you, he says “I’ll have you and the living a category apart” that’s just mastery.

    • Stevie Cheatham
      Stevie Cheatham 8 days ago

      Thank you! It finally makes sense now

    • Conal Wright
      Conal Wright 27 days ago

      @USWMO he was so lost!🤣🤣🤣

    • Conal Wright
      Conal Wright 27 days ago +1

      Thats one of the hardest line i bet many missed it

    • Patrick D
      Patrick D 3 months ago

      @michael gudgeon Los's wordplay in unmatched.. dude is on another level

    • Hecameup
      Hecameup 3 months ago

      Suttle but effective.... Deadly

  • James Stewart
    James Stewart 3 months ago +15

    One of the best freestyles ever. And that's Hip Hop Historically

  • Dade Murphy
    Dade Murphy Month ago +14

    Thought is one of the illest MCs to ever pick up a microphone. End of story. More levels than some high rise business.
    Just relentless perfection.

  • Fatsaxx103
    Fatsaxx103 10 days ago +3

    And this kids is what you call "REAL HIP HOP" REAL SPIT!!!

  • Matt Landon
    Matt Landon Month ago +10

    This still blows my fucking mind, four years later. Genius lyrics, of course, but what about that stamina 😳 daaaaamn

  • Adam Johnson
    Adam Johnson 3 years ago +2710

    rapping for 10 minutes straight is one thing, but doing it with this intensity and complexity is literally the most impressive thing I've seen a rapper do in my 29 years of living.

    • Andre9832
      Andre9832 8 days ago

      More impressive than dropping Illmatic at 20 years old?

    • Ty
      Ty 11 days ago

      @Leireon Turman canibus can't even rap without a notebook for lyrics I don't wanna hear nothing about that comparing to what just happened here for ten full minutes.

    • Jivitesh Bakshi
      Jivitesh Bakshi Month ago

      Juice world

    • GreenSkunkGaming
      GreenSkunkGaming 2 months ago

      Try 10 hours... Harry Mack 🧙‍♂️

    • Vast Number
      Vast Number 4 months ago

      @Michal Valta it’s not off the top of the dome. I know I’m 3 years late to this reply but ye

  • G A
    G A 2 months ago +18

    This lyricism is unheard of in both today era of rap and original/early rap era. This freestyle session is better than a bunch of rappers entire catalog.. 🥶

  • Thank You Jesus My Lord, My God

    This is absolute excellence in lyricism, few reach this level at all

  • SmoHawk69
    SmoHawk69 4 months ago +10

    Listen to this all the time, still finding gems within it. Top class!!

  • Migsy P
    Migsy P 3 months ago +8

    That was beyond impressive! That was virtually impeccable, 10 minutes of sick bars. I'm lucky if I can pull off 3 minutes of substitute bars. This man is on another level.

  • Dan Willey
    Dan Willey Year ago +3267

    This freestyle needs to be studied and taught in universities

    • Deshawn D
      Deshawn D 7 days ago

      We listened to this in my Rap, Resistance, & Religion course at Mount Saint Vincent University in Canada

    • ali zaki el
      ali zaki el 24 days ago

      Also for those speaking cannabis is better, surely mean better to smoke. Obviously ban wagoners & late recognizers of the deeper more infinite parts of hip hop. Did you not hear him mention : the Excalibur in his rhyme??. If you knew rap wise who carries the Excalibur, you would not even mention Cannabis in the same sentence with Black Thought🤔. It's cute, but almost the equivalent of the average ghetto street thug talking politics and which president likes and did more for blacks to a white person that is privileged and sitting at a table in an exclusive country club outside of Birmingham, Alabama in 1962...

    • ali zaki el
      ali zaki el 24 days ago

      😂😂😂, spoken like a true white man enamored by the substance and lyrical prowess of this force, desperately curious on what process allows his brain to fire so quickly matching words and phrases of metaphor, metaphysics, and facts together so quickly 10 bars ahead of a punchline etc etc... Even if you're black, still spoken so, to bring truth and unseen force/ability, into reality for study.
      One must first become familiar with the elemental forces, understand/recognize the relevance of : concrete thought, abstract thought, and desire thought. You have to know that you are in control of the body which has an onboard computer; the brain, then access that modem/stored info, and enable continuous streaming... How do I explain what words can not describe...

    • Franchise & Lisensing Institute (FLI™)
      Franchise & Lisensing Institute (FLI™) Month ago

      🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 word!

    • navagnaes
      navagnaes Month ago

      @persona I don’t believe you.

  • Kaliym
    Kaliym 15 days ago +2

    2 years of listening and it still gets me hype

  • Marc Lawè
    Marc Lawè Month ago +4

    From the first time I listened to it until now it has demanded to be more than a mere freestyle. Genius level work.

  • andy houghtaling
    andy houghtaling 18 days ago +4

    For me, this was the best freestyle ever to drop on Flex.

  • Chris Cade
    Chris Cade 13 days ago +5

    I know it was earlier on but the connection between Cane, Abel, Jesus, Judas, Caesar, Brutus…” was amazing!! Top tier

  • Lady Jay
    Lady Jay Month ago +3

    10 minutes 11 seconds😯Definitely The RAP Specialist! With an unmatched level of intelligence and a virtually flawless delivery 😍

  • Kennedy Muchangi
    Kennedy Muchangi 3 months ago +9

    I had to watch reaction videos based on this cypher just to wrap my mind around how deep and complex it is

    • Kennedy Muchangi
      Kennedy Muchangi 3 months ago +1

      @Les Son even did background just to understand the culmination...starting with DJ Vlad talking down then eating humble pie

    • Kennedy Muchangi
      Kennedy Muchangi 3 months ago

      @Les Son illmacTV had a breakdown session too. Cory Miller expressed what I was thinking.

    • Kennedy Muchangi
      Kennedy Muchangi 3 months ago

      @Les Son I did. one of the top 5 best

    • Les Son
      Les Son 3 months ago

      peep “Lost in Vegas” reaction 👍🏽👊🏽

  • luyanda khumalo
    luyanda khumalo Month ago +6

    Each time I repeat this I catch a line that flew over my head the previous time I listened to it....

  • Ryan Crothers
    Ryan Crothers 4 months ago +5

    This freestyle will never be beaten 🔥 this footage should never be lost

    FINDMEANING 4 years ago +13225

    I have lost all respect for Black Thought. How could the man do that to an innocent microphone? What did that microphone ever do to him!? And what about all the other rappers that wanted a chance to shine? He ruined it for everyone. Who wants to step to the mic after what he just did!? Funk Flex is gonna have a lot of rappers calling in sick after that one.

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      Jerome Productions 6 months ago


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      COSMICNOUS 777 10 months ago


    • Jfro
      Jfro Year ago

      thas wassup

    • supa mario
      supa mario Year ago

      STOP what u doing and watch thism.ru-clip.com/video/OkXzwSSv38Y/video.html

    • Nzuzo Dludlu
      Nzuzo Dludlu Year ago


  • Brendan foster
    Brendan foster 20 days ago +3

    I love when a legend, reminds everybody why they're a legend. He even exceeds that though. This is one of those hip-hop moments, that lives on forever.

  • Chuck Balkin
    Chuck Balkin 4 months ago +9

    Been saying it since the Roots first hit the scene, Black Thought is imo the most underrated MC probably of all time. Dude can spit with almost anyone.

  • Burning Art
    Burning Art 2 months ago +4

    I'm absolutely floored. What the hell man this is a masterpiece

  • Ahmed Abdelhady
    Ahmed Abdelhady Month ago +5

    This freestyle literally has more lyrics than some rapper’s albums 🔥🔥

  • Sfrn —
    Sfrn — Year ago +6389

    He wears the tinted glasses so we can’t see his eyes roll back as he’s being possessed by the entire history of hip hop

    • Spirit Wiles
      Spirit Wiles Month ago

      You are correct.

    • Kyle McLeod
      Kyle McLeod Month ago

      I’m half way through this… (after my 10th listen!) and I still can’t believe there’s 5 more minutes. God damn!

    • SoulJAH JustICE
      SoulJAH JustICE 2 months ago


    • Ronald Revell jr
      Ronald Revell jr 2 months ago

      LMAO... TRUTH !!!!!!

    • Desiree Eime
      Desiree Eime 2 months ago

      Omg yesssss

  • user unfriendly
    user unfriendly 4 months ago +6

    This should be in the museum of hip hop on a scroll!!!!🔥🔥🔥

  • Dustin Fidge
    Dustin Fidge 13 days ago +3

    For real, For real, this freestyle should be protected like the "Once Upon A Time In Shaolin" album

  • Alex Vaile
    Alex Vaile 6 days ago +1

    This is almost unbelievable. Never stumbles or stops just straight fire!! 👏👏

  • Johnny Bananarama
    Johnny Bananarama 9 days ago +2

    Pure fire 10 min one take flexing like a boss🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥💪🙌

  • Brenden Crypto
    Brenden Crypto 6 months ago +717

    "I am a walking affirmation, that imagination and focus and patience, gets you closer to your aspirations" - this one bar is worth more then lots of rappers whole careers

    • Wise One
      Wise One 3 months ago

      7:19 🙏🏾

    • D
      D 3 months ago +1

      Every single bar is worth more than most rappers careers LOL

    • Luke Aubert
      Luke Aubert 4 months ago +1

      I was gonna quote those exact bars - this is the best thing I think I’ve ever heard. Biiiigggg shout - the roots will always be strong

    • Joemotion Ink
      Joemotion Ink 4 months ago +1

      Put goosebumps on my armmmmm!!!!!!
      Poetically inclined!

    • Dustin Gardy
      Dustin Gardy 4 months ago +2

      This is exactly the part that stood out to me as well. This particular bar added fuel to my soul.

  • Zep Capen
    Zep Capen 3 months ago +9

    Got stuck buffering mid-through for about 2 minutes. I was so awe-struck my mind kept traveling with it. When it came back it felt like it never stopped. This is the 100th time I've listened to it and still...godamn...

  • Clovis The bloody
    Clovis The bloody 14 days ago +2

    Since this joint drop I’ve listened to it weekly as a philly head i can easily say this is a master stroke

  • Dimitrios Giannakopoulos

    I’ll always love Flex’s face at 5:30. Dude was in disbelief at what he was hearing 😂

  • HOGPO Global TV
    HOGPO Global TV 3 months ago +5

    A million times over, I've watched this... Wow, mad skills. This is Legendary!

  • Juan Lopez
    Juan Lopez 7 months ago +1232

    I've watch this so much, that I've memorized Funk Flex's parts

  • Âdil K
    Âdil K Month ago +5

    This tore a hole in the space-time continuum.

  • Samaria Davis
    Samaria Davis Month ago +2

    This was amazing I got so much chills he cold 🥶

  • C33 J4Y
    C33 J4Y 3 months ago +8

    EVERYBODY MISSED THIS! Funk was literally looking at him in amazement you can see him mouth say "wow" at 2:19

  • Rick Azi
    Rick Azi 4 months ago +6

    "Uh, I'm sorry for your loss"
    And with that, greatness was started.

  • BMA Junior
    BMA Junior 10 months ago +1630

    Anyone notice how his breathing is ridiculously skilled. I got winded for him.


    • Patrick D
      Patrick D 3 months ago

      @Winter.vib3s KAAN is nasty

    • Tootle
      Tootle 4 months ago

      @Baker's Dozen It is not circular breathing haha :) circular breathing is POSSIBLE (RA for instance) and not that BT is below that, but you can clearly hear him dropping short breaths in tiny windows of schemes, just great control.

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      PA Administration Agency 4 months ago


    • Jerome Productions
      Jerome Productions 6 months ago

      @Baker's Dozen damn

    • BMA Junior
      BMA Junior 7 months ago +1

      @Moismai At least you tried 😆✊🏽

  • Robert Ford
    Robert Ford Month ago +2

    I'm still listening to this. This is unbelievable like Thought went to another dimension on all of us

  • Javi
    Javi Month ago +4

    This man is on another level of existence..

  • Kurt Weidman
    Kurt Weidman 3 months ago +4

    I’ve been listening to this for 3 years now every single day trying to memorize it and I am not even close. This is the greatest freestyle ever created.

  • M Reid
    M Reid Month ago +2

    Arguably the best freestyle ever done. Certainly among the longest. Amazing homie didn't run out of material. That, ladies and gents, was a professional rapper and poet at work.

  • nah
    nah 4 years ago +978

    This man really just put out an entire EP worth of rhymes in one freestyle

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      Shango Nelz 2 years ago


    • B DUB 215
      B DUB 215 2 years ago

      @Sami Avci Yes.

    • Arthuro King
      Arthuro King 2 years ago +2

      @Sami Avci Yes, Black Thought is the founder of The Roots, along with drummer/producer QuestLove, so Black Thought is the Main emcee of the group. The don't have a single bad album, all of their albums are great.

    • dutchcaliber
      dutchcaliber 2 years ago +2

      @Chris Paul I agree. Illadelph was prime black thought. His verses on that album were unreal. Section is my favorite verse of all time from any artist.

    • g berry
      g berry 2 years ago

      Might be enough for an LP

  • Luis Ruben Guzman
    Luis Ruben Guzman 4 months ago +16

    Back for the 10th time, never gets old!

  • vance parrish
    vance parrish Month ago +1

    For real G O A T!

    Love it! So dope

  • Spam fish
    Spam fish 2 months ago +5

    This will be heard, read and studied by scholars, teachers & students for generations. This is what it was like to see a Shakespeare play or a Mozart concert whilst they lived. What a pure treasure of wisdom, talent and insight.

  • Mr Frankie
    Mr Frankie Month ago +1

    One of the best ‘freestyles’ i have ever heard. You could listen to it 10 times in a row and still hear new bars. Insane.

  • Moist Wazowski
    Moist Wazowski 4 years ago +487

    There shouldn’t be ANYMORE freestyles on Hot 97 after this. Nothing will ever be able to top this 🔥🔥

  • Myke Owiti
    Myke Owiti 3 months ago +2

    Always speechless when i listen to this epic freestyle

  • Bryan Carvajal
    Bryan Carvajal 2 months ago +2

    Best freestyle I’ve ever heard. This is legendary Hip hop.

  • Richard Hidalgo
    Richard Hidalgo 3 days ago

    Here I was trying to listen to a few seconds of this , stood for the whole freestyle what a jewel! 👌🏾

  • Rielest
    Rielest Month ago +1

    Greatest freestyle of all time? I think so! Damn that was so lovely.

  • Dipo Yomi
    Dipo Yomi 4 years ago +281

    “I am a walking affirmation that imagination and focus and patience get you closer to your aspiration.” - Black Thought

  • Pookie Redz
    Pookie Redz 3 months ago +1

    Just came back for my dose. Cause this is medicine for my hip hop Soul, and I've come back to listen to Black Thought idk how many times over the years 💯💯

  • Gary W O'Neal
    Gary W O'Neal 3 months ago +2

    I probably watch this session at least 5-6 times a month

  • Joe Krypt
    Joe Krypt 4 months ago +3

    I came back 3 years later and ......my Lord this man is on a different level. This is mind-bogglings. A Rapper of Rappers . Teacher of Rappers. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 He will be studied for centuries to come.

  • NALU
    NALU 4 months ago +2

    Come back to wig out on this yearly every few months. Mind boggling every time.

    • Shangmoney
      Shangmoney 4 months ago +1

      Every single time my brother

  • The Big Head Teacher
    The Big Head Teacher 4 years ago +257

    This is proof Lyricists lasts forever and are able to be around in multiple generations. Rap is about skill and if you have it you can always come back and win

  • Robert Mills
    Robert Mills 3 months ago +2

    I've watched this quite a few times over the years, I don't know how anybody gave this a thumbs down... This is lyrical genius!

  • Aaron Kerr
    Aaron Kerr 3 months ago +3

    freestyle in this case means without cuts or takes, like they have in recording sessions. all of these lyrics are prepared beforehand. you can tell the difference between the flow of the 2 bars in which he acknowledges flex (which are actual freestyle) and all the other bars. Black Thought is my favorite rapper but you shouldn't have a misconception of what's going on. what is amazing about this is the recall of the lyrics (without reading), the breathe control (the gasps between each bar), and the vocal stamina (no cracking or going off tone)...any rapper knows you don't gasp on 'off-the-head-freestyles', you gasp to control your breath during the performance of prepared material.

    • Wajahat Khan
      Wajahat Khan 3 months ago

      I agree with you mate. But most of them fools out here in the comments section think of this as an off the dome freestyle which it aint but everything you said about being appreciative about it is damn on point. I commend your rap knowledge. Good to come across such fellas in comments.

  • OnyoMeji
    OnyoMeji 4 months ago +1

    3 years later, and is still 🔥🔥 The Mic 🎤 should be retired. No one else should be able to rap on this mic.

  • TazThaBarber
    TazThaBarber 29 days ago

    my guy got bars for days………. Man one of my favorite rappers growing up, its nice to know he still got it… he aint loose a thing...

  • Ric Smith
    Ric Smith 4 years ago +272

    Black Thought is lyrically inhuman, his brain don't exist in our realm of understanding.

  • dmagin777
    dmagin777 3 months ago +2

    I have no words for this. he took them all

  • rotoscoped antidote.
    rotoscoped antidote. 4 months ago +2

    I love how everyone here gets genuinely worried that Thought might destroy the entire rap game.

  • Jahmar B.
    Jahmar B. 4 months ago +1

    He's in my top 5 just off the strength of this.

  • Nyenetue Titus Nyankoon
    Nyenetue Titus Nyankoon 3 months ago +1

    He’s a living legend. BIG RESPECT TO THE OG 🔥❤️ ✊🏾

  • Cy Huggins
    Cy Huggins 10 months ago +1017

    I truly believe this is one of if not the greatest freestyle of all time.

    • Mr Fantastic
      Mr Fantastic 4 months ago

      It is, no one will ever top this except for Black thought himself

    • Justin Hughes
      Justin Hughes 4 months ago

      @S K link?

    • Serendipity
      Serendipity 7 months ago +1

      Check out Locksmith. Dudes amazing

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    • Gappy
      Gappy 7 months ago +1

      @John Cooper daylyts, royce da 5'9s, king los, I could name others too but I don't have too lol but black thought it up there widden

  • Fred Staton Jr
    Fred Staton Jr 3 months ago +2

    Straight 🔥! When high intelligence meets rap it turns into true hip hop. Black Thought is a beast!

  • Im Ran
    Im Ran Month ago +2

    In the whole freestyle with it's greatness, nothing topped him saying "stop the bombs!" In the end

  • G Summers
    G Summers 6 hours ago

    Best freestyle of all time! absolutely unreal!

  • Chris Ngash
    Chris Ngash 2 months ago +2

    Can't even count the many times I have listened to this dopest lyricism.

  • missandthrowpee
    missandthrowpee 4 years ago +302

    “I am a walking affirmation that imagination and focus and patience get you closer to your aspiration” I got chills during this line

    • Son Wil
      Son Wil 4 years ago +4

      The truth that youth need to hear instead of popping pills trying to be a crackhead ... i meant a Rockstar

    • accellpo
      accellpo 4 years ago +5

      Chills? That line froze me!😵

    • Ed Rowe
      Ed Rowe 4 years ago +4

      Same here! Had to play that part back a few times

    • iveywebb
      iveywebb 4 years ago +3


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  • Reuben Metters
    Reuben Metters 3 months ago

    Easily one of the top 10 greatest to ever bless the MIC! #2021...still back here watching!