Jimmy Interviews The Roots’ Black Thought About His Epic 10-Minute Freestyle

Tarik Trotter chats with Jimmy about his already legendary 10-minute Hot 97 freestyle, explains how he met Questlove and does a mini freestyle for the audience.

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Jimmy Interviews The Roots’ Black Thought About His Epic 10-Minute Freestyle

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  1. The new version of whats considered "freestyle" is just shit you write weeks before and rehearsed and rehearsed.
    (Still brilliant and clever…but not a freestyle)

  2. This is a subtle thing, but it's cool that they produce for another network and he took a second to ask if he's allowed to mention another network on the show. Just a respectful thing to do really

  3. To the people saying its written, even if it was, you try writing 10 whole minutes worth of bars like that. Then try to memorize it all. Then get live on air and spit the whole 10 minutes without a single stutter. Even with all those options yall still couldnt do half of what he did.

  4. Hate on jimmy all you want but he got one of the greatest hip-hop groups of all time with one of the greatest rappers to be his studio band for his late night show crazy.

  5. I'm a recovering drug addict and have memorized this piece from beginning to end. It's become a meditation. Any time I have a craving or am fearing a relapse, this 10 minute and 54 second meditation helps me love myself enough to not use. It has seriously kept me from putting a gun in my mouth and pulling the trigger. "I got that detox for y'all. The microphone Dr. Black Depak Chopra.". "my mother was a working class very loving woman, who struggled every day coulda been her last summer. i come home chasin' good for nothin' half cousins. and then walk in the crib to the smell of crack cookin'. she was introduced to that substance abuse. or some of the strongest drugs that the government produced".

    Tariq, if you ever read this, please know this piece saved my life. I've been clean two years and can never thank you enough.


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