Now Reading
Black Thought Connects with Adrian Younge for the Lush-Sounding “Noir”

Black Thought Connects with Adrian Younge for the Lush-Sounding “Noir”

Black Thought "Noir" Song Featuring Adrian Younge
Source: Artist
Black Thought "Noir" Song Featuring Adrian Younge
Source: Artist

He tried to walk in water instead of wade in it.

Last year, The Roots frontman Black Thought released two EPs: Streams of Thought Vol. 1 and two. It seems like the legendary rapper isn’t letting up anytime soon.

READ: Styles P Calls Black Thought The Most Dangerous MC Out Right Now: “He’s Like The Jedi Of Jedi”

Black Thought has hooked up with producer Adrian Younge for a new song. The track is called “Noir” and it’s part of a special Black History Month “Produced By” series that Younge is doing for Amazon Originals. In two tight verses, Black Thought basically covers hundreds of years of black history, from slavery to Jim Crow.

Speaking about the song and the series, Younge said:

The obsession with race is disturbing to those that wish to divert attention away from the unyielding attributes that have plagued black America…However, we all must realize how such disenfranchisement has negatively affected us all. We are all equal and we are all human; we all have something to say and something to contribute; essentially, we all deserve to be heard, recognized and respected. That being said, our celebration of Black History Month brings us closer to understanding the struggles and contributions African Americans have made in making America what it is.

READ: How Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge Crafted The Midnight Hour, One of the Best Albums of 2018

“Noir” is the third song to be part of this series, following collaborations with Georgia Anne Muldrow and Terrace Martin. Listen to “Noir” (if you have an Amazon Prime account) here.


See Also

View this post on Instagram


What an honor it was to work with the best in the business, our brotha @blackthought Me and my Midnight Hour brotha, @alishaheed asked him to write a song for #blackhistorymonth with us and he scripted “Noir.” Its a very cultivated description on being black in America. Stream it live right now on @amazonmusic where you can also hear the rest of my #producedby series. After hearing Noir, should the Midnight Hour producer a full album with @blackthought? Let us know if we need to get to work. @linearlabsmusic @artdontsleep #producedby @shaihowareyou

A post shared by Adrian Younge (@adrianyounge) on


Subscribe to Okayplayer and enjoy the following benefits:

  • Exclusive content not featured on the site.
  • Exclusive deals for our merch store.
  • First notice on upcoming events and online programming.