The Roots Questlove Black Thought

Throwback (to the future) Thursdays just fired up the flux capacitor and set the date to March 2002. Ahh, 2002, the year when dude’s wore blazers over everything and the number one movie out was Blade II. Okay, maybe not number one BUT it did finish up the year at #32 earning $82,348,319. The Roots were in full on Phrenology mode and fans of the band will recall that being their most experimental album (we like to think of it as growing pains following Things Fall Apart). That same year also featured one of the band’s most obscure collaborations with music producer BT (Brian Wayne Transeau) who even that had a super extensive catalog of credits in the electronic music arena. Together they created “Tao Of The Machine” for the Blade II Soundtrack.

BT feat The Roots “Tao Of The Machine” is a hard hitting, big beat laden beast reminiscent of groups like Prodigy or the Chemical Brothers. BT (not to be confused with Black Thought in this case) is often credited for pioneering the glitchy sound which would become super popular around the time Dub Step starting getting hot in the US (say 2008). Stream it here:

While it seemed very separate from Blade II promotions, BT and The Roots made an appearance on Last Call With Carson Daly where they were introduced (and praised) by Forrest Whitaker (this story can’t get any more random). The performance is noted as one of the last performances that BT did with his spring mounted keyboard. Check out the performance and watch till the end for a brief interview with BT and Black Thought. Shout out to H.U.B. on the bass!

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