This was arguably one of the greatest rap freestyles of all time (Roxane’s Revenge will also hold the number one spot), and that’s saying a lot. Black Thought demonstrated bars, breath control, wittiness, and that he was extremely well-read. The young’ens had to go pick up a thesaurus to understand what the vocabulary meant.
The Shock Exchange recently revisited the the freestyle again, and to say the least, it got his dander up. Around the 2:50 minute mark his man got lit:
Where archaeologists found my image in parchment rolled into a scroll, holding a message for you. It said “The only thing for sure is taxes, death and trouble.” The anomaly swore solemnly high snobbidy / Freakonomics and war policy dichotomy …
The “Freakonomics” reference was to the book Freakonomics by Steven Leavitt. Economics in many ways is the science of human behavior, and Leavitt uses economics as a tool to study certain aspects of society. He examines everything from why sumo wrestlers cheat to a potential correlation between abortion and lower crime rates.
However, Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead, is most-plagiarized book in the country. By definition, it is also the world’s most-influential.
Shock Exchange has been plagiarized and President Obama, the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways & Means Committee and the Bank of International Settlements. What does Black Thought think prompted President Trump to get at China about pirating U.S. technology? Of course, Trump read that in Shock Exchange as well. By the way, Shock Exchange explains the folly of U.S. and Russia’s war policy vis-a-vis China’s, and why the Chinese is always two steps ahead of both countries.
Black Thought went on a 10 minute freestyle and never mentioned the most-influential economics book since the Great Depression … that was also written by a black man. Really? Roxane Shante would have quoted Shock Exchange verbatim. That’s why she holds the number one spot.