Black Thought Speaks On His Short Lived Beef With Nas

Black Thought touches on the murder of both his parents while revisiting his beef with Nas.

The Roots are one group that have rarely found themselves feuding with any of their fellow Hip Hop artists, but several years ago the noted Philadelphia musicians were targeted by Nas due to their involvement in the Spike Lee film Bamboozled. The band starred as The Alabama Porch Monkeys in the film, which featured various characters in blackface.

As part of the inaugural episode of Complex TV's Combat Jack Show, Black Thought revisited his former beef with the Queensbridge emcee who found himself in feuds with several other artists at that time.

“In some interview he made a comment about how wack it was for us to do the movie Bamboozled with Spike Lee and ‘how you gonna call yourself The Roots and Black Thought or something and you’re portraying a group called The Alabama Porch Monkeys in Spike Lee’s movie with the ball and chain and all,’” said Black Thought. “Nas was spazzing out on a lot of people during that point in time because he was losing his mom. He had actual beef during that time and this was just a comment he made about The Roots.”

Fortunately, the two emcee’s were able to hash out their differences during a Talib Kweli show they both attended. Black Thought revealed that both rappers were able to find common ground with one another due to the loss of their parents.

“I hadn’t really interacted with him at all up until that point. And then there was a show one night with Talib Kweli and I think he invited Nas, and he invited me. And we were all there in the building together. I had a chance to meet Nas and he explained to me that it wasn’t coming from a personal place and he basically apologized,” Black Thought explained. “He told me he was going through it. He lost his mom. I totally relate to that, I lost my mom when I was 17. She’s a murder victim. Both my parents are murder victims, got killed in Philly.”

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  • Art Brooks

    That was a pretty fucken boring article...

  • Anonymous

    Nasir and Tariq need to record together. Word the fuck up

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  • shitfunny

    both amazing artist that talk about more than material bullshit party drugs and disrespecting women in their music. Real everyday shit people go through, im not in the club all damn day, regular or strip club haha. Shoutout to both, Black thought definitely get slept on

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    pop shit apologize nigga just ask Kiss

  • Fuck Philly

    How come you have both your parents get killed and you still sound soft as a bitch on your records

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    black thought flows like big daddy kane mixed with kool g rap on steriods

  • blitzlegga

    I thought the fight would have been over Black Thought biting Nas's whole shit. Black Thought's style maybe obvious now, but back in the day the nigga used to sound similar to Nas. Or I should say, he sounded very Nas-influenced...

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  • nuc

    BT & NAS gotta hop on a few joints together, get STIC MAN on the boards, DAMMMMN!

  • $crap Moneybagz

    this would have been a classic battle i wish they would have went at it fuck dat peace shit a battle between 2 lyrical giants like Nas nd BT would have been epic

  • Anonymous

    black thought is a beast nas and him should do songs together along with casual elzhi and ras kass


    That would have been the battle of the century...and I'm so glad it never happened. Black Thought is in my top 3, but he just don't seem like the dissn type...

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  • Anonymous

    Black Thought should have dropped Nas with one punch.

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  • 123

    Both parents murder victims? RIP.

  • gabe m

    Never knew about their beef. Glad that squashed it. Two GOATS.

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