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Review: Black Thought’s illustrative new album ‘Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane and Abel’ wholly covers the times

The album opens with a mix of a monologue and a message, talking about Black justice and police harassment, the track ‘I’m Not Crazy (First Contact)’ displays a reflection of honesty on privilege, stance, appreciation of ones background. With features from Swizz Beats, Pusha T, Killer Mike, Portugal, The Man & The Last Artful, Dogdr, C S Armstrong, Oshun, and ScHoolboy Q, each track tells a different story and speaks on a variety of topics such as love, self-doubt, accountability, and realization. The is an album that speaks to listeners and reflects the environment happening around the world right now. Black Thought took storytelling to another level with this collection.

Many of the tracks, tell a story of the discrimination faced, then and now, with sound bites from the legendary Dave Chappelle, who summed up the manipulative ways of Europeans in one of his comedy acts. This album has a deep meaning, and each song expresses struggles with oneself and others. It’s impressive how Black Thought went in on this, from his production, beat, flow, and verses he made this an iconic album that the industry needs. Stream the album below.


Written by Tamari Perrineau