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Townhall With The Roots: Controversial Jay Z Unplugged Performance + The Loss of Black Thought's Parents

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In part 2 of Sway’s sit down with The Roots on Hip Hop Nation’s Townhall at Shade 45, Black Thought and Quest Love chopped it up with our Sway in the Morning leader.

10 years ago The Roots performed with Jay Z at an Unplugged performance, that was deemed controversial. It wasn’t usual that a mainstream act would perform with an “underground” group.

“I was losing sleep over it,” Quest told Sway. “Should we do it, should we not do it?”

Black Thought then spoke on being “really street,” and one of the best rappers in the game.

Watch below. Missed when Black Thought kicked a freestyle for us? Watch HERE.


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