On this date in 1971, Maliq Trotter aka Black Thought, lead emcee of the original, legendary Hip Hop band The Roots, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Thought has always been regarded as one of the most lyrical post-Golden Era emcees, yet received very little recognition for his prowess outside of hi work with the entire Roots band, that is now a staple of ‘The Tonight Show’.

Growing up in a Nation Of Islam household, Trotter’s family life was very cultured, which led him to seek knowledge among the Five Percent Nation in his high school days. There is where he met The Roots’ co-founder Amhir Thompson, where they originally named the group The Square Roots.


Throughout the two decade span of his illustrious career since the Roots debut in 1993, Thought has managed to earn a Grammy win, appear in two blockbuster films(‘Bamboozled’, Brooklyn Babylon) and appeared on several groundbreaking albums.

On this day, The Source Magazine would like to salute Mr. Trotter on his Birthday wishing him an enjoyable day and many more to come!