Titled 7 Years, Black Thought will detail stories from his childhood growing up in South Philadelphia up through his legendary career in seven-year increments.
“This has been almost two years in the making…and I’m honored and excited to announce that my new @audible original piece “7 Years” comes out today,” Thought said in an Instagram post on Thursday. “It’s inspired by one of my life theories that every 7 years I should be actively working to become better creatively, emotionally, personally, and mentally as my body also changes and new cells replace the old.”
“So in this piece of words and music I’m sharing some of these key important periods that have made me into the man I am today — with an original musical score that highlights the very first freestyle I ever wrote to our @theroots classics to performances of some of my more recent pieces,” he continued.
The audio memoir begins with his childhood in Philadelphia and leads up to the present day as one of the most renowned MCs in the history of hip hop and his role as a sideman on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. As an added bonus, the series has an original soundtrack that was composed by The Roots, as well as archival audio.
“Sitting in this theory, my life has shifted in seven-year cycles,” Trotter said in the “7 Years” audio sample. “My catalyst years were ages 7-14, and then 21-28, and then again 35-42. I learned a lot about myself and the world around me.”
In promotion of the memoir, Black Thought spoke candidly about the various challenges of growing up in Philadelphia against insurmountable odds.
“The justice system in Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania was never on my side. I grew up cognizant of certain dangers, one being the ever-present possibility of the risk of arrest,” Trotter said in an interview with Metro Philly.
“But that hasn’t changed. All of the stuff I was concerned about living in Philadelphia when I was a young person to my young son, my young nephew, my young relatives and family member who’s on the streets of Philadelphia right now — they need to [be] concerned about the same stuff.”
7 Years is a part of Audible’s Words + Music series which features artists like Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Alanis Morissette, who share audio stories about never-before-heard performances and storytelling.
To accompany the release of his memoir, Black Thought and The Roots are back on the road with a new tour after taking a long hiatus because of COVID-19. Earlier this year, the Roots reissued their second album, 1995’s Do You Want More?!!!??!
Besides his work with The Roots, Thought released the third entry in his Stream of Thought EP series, Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able EP, in 2020.
Subscribers can now listen to the full release now on Audible.