Black Thought to Release Memoir, “The Upcycled Self,” Offering Insights Into His Legendary Rap Career & Life Lessons

Philadelphia rapper and The Roots frontman Black Thought, whose real name is Tariq Trotter, prepares to captivate readers with his upcoming memoir titled The Upcycled Self. Set to be released on November 14 by One World, the memoir aims to provide a courageous model of living an examined life. Black Thought delves into his journey in the rap game, reflecting on the significant moments and lessons he has learned.

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In The Upcycled Self, Black Thought shares captivating stories centered around four key aspects that have profoundly shaped his life. He delves into the influence of his community, friends, art, and family through poignant anecdotes. Furthermore, the memoir addresses profound themes such as love, discovery, trauma, and loss, providing readers with a deep and personal insight into Black Thought’s experiences and growth. 

Aother written piece Black Thought has written was “A Love Letter To Hip-Hop” in honor of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary. 

A Stellar Career & Recognition

With a career spanning over three decades, the “Aquamarine” rapper has established himself as one of the most successful and respected figures in the rap industry. In his career, Black Thought has worked with many great artist and was even a featured artist on Public Enemy’s last album.

His talent and artistry have earned him numerous accolades, including four Grammy Awards and three NAACP Image Awards

Additionally, Black Thought is widely known for his appearances on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, where he showcases his skills alongside his band, The Roots. 

Legal Dispute Surrounding The Roots

While Black Thought’s career achievements continue to soar, recent news reveals a legal dispute involving him and fellow Roots member Questlove. The widow of former Roots member Leonard Hubbard filed a lawsuit, alleging that the two fellow rappers withheld Hubbard’s earnings over the past decade. 

The lawsuit sheds light on a potential issue within the band’s finances, raising questions about handling former members’ estates.

In addition to his upcoming memoir, Black Thought has demonstrated his profound love and admiration for hip-hop. On the occasion of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, he penned a heartfelt “love letter to hip-hop,” paying homage to its rich history and utilizing numerous references that resonate with the genre’s legacy. 

The written piece is a testament to Black Thought’s deep connection and contribution to the culture.

Lil Baby’s “Untrapped” Documentary

Atlanta rapper Lil Baby, known for his introspective storytelling, recently released a documentary titled Untrapped. The documentary offers an intimate look into Lil Baby’s life and journey as a rapper, showcasing his personal stories and experiences. Much like Black Thought’s upcoming memoir, Untrapped provides a platform for artists to share their authentic narratives and inspire audiences with their transformative paths.