Philly emcee Black Thought may serve as the front man for The Legendary Roots Crew, but that title isn’t keeping the rapper from branching out to release a project of his own. While speaking with, Black Thought shared his plans to release a solo blues album that will instead focus on his talents as a singer.

Black Thought also spoke on the artists who have helped along the way with the project, including R&B crooner Raheem DeVaughn and Jim James of My Morning Jacket.

“I just started writing a couple of weeks ago for a blues album kinda that I’m going to be singing on. I don’t know what it’s gonna be called, but it might be called The Talented Mr. Trotter,” Black Thought revealed in a video posted on “And I’ve been writing with Raheem DeVaughn and my friend Ray Angry. I’mma be in the studio this week writing with my friend Tunde from a band called TV On The Radio. I’mma be doing some stuff with Jim James from My Morning Jacket. Just some stuff that I feel like I need to get out that is kind of aside from the new Roots record.”

Prior to speaking on the blues-infused album, Black Thought explained what it’s like working in a corporate setting over at Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

“It’s as much fun as I can probably have and still be in a corporate environment because there’s very much a corporate setting and a chain of command that’s very different than what I had necessarily been used to,” said Black Thought. “I’ve been my own boss since I was about 18, 19-years-old. So to have an employer and then someone that he works for and someone that he works for. It took a little bit of getting used to, but it’s lots of fun every day.”

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