For Black History Month, Black Thought of The Roots—real name Tariq Trotter—has released “Noir,” a sharp new single produced by Adrian Younge.
Over a busy beat, punctuated with horn lines and string flourishes, Trotter details the story of a black man living in America. “Because he embraces the weapon that aimed at the same prize his eyes were kept on / Surviving on soup kitchens, bread lines and newspaper clippings, when he was in the headlines,” he raps.
The song is part of Younge’s Produced By series running on Amazon Originals as part of Black History Month. In an Instagram post, the producer called the song “a very cultivated description on being black in America.”
Younge also teased the idea of a future joint album between Black Thought and The Midnight Hour (the duo comprising Younge and former A Tribe Called Quest member Ali Shaheed Muhammad). “Let us know if we need to get to work,” he wrote.
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What an honor it was to work with the best in the business, our brotha @blackthought Me and my Midnight Hour brotha, @alishaheed asked him to write a song for #blackhistorymonth with us and he scripted “Noir.” Its a very cultivated description on being black in America. Stream it live right now on @amazonmusic where you can also hear the rest of my #producedby series. After hearing Noir, should the Midnight Hour producer a full album with @blackthought? Let us know if we need to get to work. @linearlabsmusic @artdontsleep #producedby @shaihowareyou
Listen to “Noir” below.