We're used to seeing him perform with his band The Roots, but all Black Thought really needs to rock the crowd is one mic (and a great DJ by the name of J Period). Need proof? Just watch Tariq Trotter rip through his performance of 'The Imperial' at our 16 Bars LIVE event a few months back.

Thought goes in over a sample of James Brown's 'The Payback' for a verse then goes a capella to further establish his MC supremacy, laying claim to a spot in everyone's top five MC list. Watch The Roots MC do his thing in the video above.

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