Two weeks ago, on my way back to NYC after a brief visit home in Philly, I found myself sitting across the aisle from ?uestlove on the Amtrak train. I’m a huge Roots fan, so the fact that I didn’t get all Stan-ish is on the order of the miraculous. We spoke briefly, and he said he was tired from putting the finishing touches on Rising Down the night before, but was headed to NYC to let Rolling Stone take a listen.
The first single from the album is ’75 Bars’. It’s Thought at his best, spitting over a spare beat. Dope song. Even with the 40+ “niggas.”
But the video? Um, WTF?