Many people thought that Pusha T would get this award but this award was given on merit not Hip-Hop beef. Black Thought put the game on it's ear after a Funk Master Flex freestyle that rocked the world. As the front man of the prolific Hip-Hop group The Roots, and lead MC on the Jimmy Fallon show. Black Thought took Hip-Hop back to it's essence with lyrics on display with an appearance on the Funk Master Flex show with a freestyle that had people self checking themselves as to where Black Thought falls in there ranking of best Mcs. After that freestyle the Hip-Hop culture was treated to another treat from this MC...an album.
People have wanted a solo Black Thought project for years. With help from 9th Wonder, and The Soul Council, we have finally heard a Black Thought project that delivers to us exactly what we wanted to know...How efficient is Black Thought as an MC? Black Thought delivered and it showed on the classic track off of the project Streams of Thought Vol.1 Dostoyevsky. We honor Black Thought for bringing Bars and Lyrical gymnastics back into the conversation and the link are included below to hear those bars on display.
Funk Master Flex Hot 97 Freestyle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prmQgSpV3fA
Dostoyevsky Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pfh8s8KVkM
Explanation of lyrics and meaning of Dostoyevsky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwcLEJwcaLk&t=130s