Regardless of all that racket, the linguistic ability, overall command of the English language, and social, political, historical and pop culture references that Trotter was able to put together in the moment is beyond impressive, and shows such a high intellect that would put most people to shame. Fact.Check out the freestyle below and the interview with Fallon, and tell us how you rate the performance.[via HOT 97]Black Thought On Jimmy Fallon:[via The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon] In what will easily go down as the best freestyle of 2017, and arguably of all-time in hip-hop history, The Roots’ Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter took a seat on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to discuss his 10-minute session on Funkmaster Flex‘s HOT 97 radio program where he dropped straight, non-stop bars to the beat of Mobb Deep‘s “The Learning (Burn)” from the Queensbridge group’s 2001 Infamy album. He also explained the early beginnings of the group, and meeting drummer Questlove in school.Video of the performance has been trending on social media, with many fans and fellow artists dubbing it the greatest freestyle of all-time, giving further evidence to the ongoing debate of Black Thought’s G.O.A.T. status. The Philly MC tweeted about the freestyle, “That verse was just what I had to say at the moment.” Conversely (and not surprisingly), it has also incited comments from some race trolls thinking “black thought” was a type of philosophy and/or campaign, clearly showing their ignorance and unfamiliarity with the hip-hop legend. Never a dull moment with morons, is there?
With their nationwide tour underway, Greensky Bluegrass made a stop at St. Paul, MN’s Palace Theatre on Friday night, offering up a high-energy two-set spectacle in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Following memorable Red Rocks Amphitheatre shows last weekend, Greensky continued their expansive fall tour on Friday night with support from Ghost Light, the new improvisational project from fan-favorites Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling.Greensky opened the evening with “Roberta”, moving forward with setlist staples “A Letter To Seymore”, “Last Winter In Copper Country”, “200 Miles From Montana”, and “While Waiting”. Next, Ghost Light’s Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling were invited up to assist on electric guitar and keys for a trio of tunes. Notably, Hamilton recently sat in with GSBG at Red Rocks for a ripping take on “Cry Holy, All” > “Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox”, wowing the sold-out Sunday night audience.Greensky Bluegrass – Palace Theatre – 9/28/2018[Video: Noah Turner]With Hamilton and Bowling onstage, the seven-piece band went into a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark”, with Bowling tickling the ivories with precision. Next, the band worked through “I’d Probably Kill You”, changing the lyrics to tip their hat to frequent collaborator and friend, Billy Strings. With Hamilton and Bowling still on stage, Greensky brought set one to a close with a cover of The Dillards’ “Reuben’s Train”, as the Midwest crowd erupted with applause.Following a brief set break, Greensky Bluegrass opened set two with “What’s Left Of The Night” before working through GSBG favorites, “Miss September”, “Train Junky”, “Old Barns”, and “The Four”. To close out Friday night’s second set, Greensky burned the Palace Theatre to the ground with “Kerosene”. Greensky Bluegrass encored a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You”, an ode to the iconic songwriter who spent his earlier years in Minnesota.For a full list of Greensky Bluegrass’s upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Palace Theatre | St. Paul, Minnesota | 9/28/2018Set One: Roberta, Grow Bananas, A Letter to Seymour, Last Winter In Copper Country, 200 Miles From Montana, While Waiting, Dancing in the Dark (1), I’d Probably Kill You (1)(2), Reuben’s Train(1)Set Two: What’s Left of the Night (3) > Miss September, Steam Powered Aeroplane > Train Junkie, Better Off, Blood Sucking F(r)iends > Old Barns (4), Before Bring Your Dead > Bring Out Your Dead, The Four > KeroseneEncore: Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You(1) – w/ Tom Hamilton & Holly Bowling, (2) – Lyric change “pretty sure Billy Strings was in there”, (3) – Tarpology tease, (4)- New Barns arrangement
The Salvadoran Armed Forces (FAES) have deployed 2,000 service members from the Águila Command to protect students at 1,063 schools in the most dangerous places of El Salvador, mainly areas plagued by the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 (M-18) gangs. Since January 18th, the service members have been operating special devices for monitoring, patrolling, and guarding the schools – both outside and inside the campuses – as well as the transportation routes used by the students. The Armed Forces will conduct the program throughout the nation. In the country’s Eastern Zone, the Águila Command will monitor 247 schools; in the Central Zone, 402; in the Paracentral Zone, 157; and 257 schools in the Western Zone. “In times of peace, we provide all of our capabilities in logistics, administration, and intelligence to the populace, to bring tranquility to the students and their families,” National Defense Minister David Munguía Payés said at the program’s launch. Through this effort, the FAES will support the government’s “United for our sons and daughters” program designed to encourage prevention activities to keep violent groups from gaining access to schools and instigating drug use. Cooperating with the community For the members of the Águila Command, providing security at schools is a cooperative effort. The Troops stay in contact with the leaders of community organizations throughout the country, and board members in 120 cities that have created Municipal Violence Prevention Committees, with whom they work hand-in-hand to prevent common crimes and gang incidents. The Águila Command This sentiment was echoed by Rigoberto Pineda, a 47-year-old electrician whose 7-year-old daughter is in first grade at the José Mejía School. The Armed Forces are the most trustworthy institution to guarantee students’ safety, according to Pineda. “We trust the efforts of our service members because the gangs fear them,” said Carmen Alférez, a 45-year-old housewife who has two children at the José Mejía School, one in fourth grade and one in seventh. “We trust that they will be there when our children need protection.” Leading this effort is Colonel Renato Pérez Aguirre, the commanding officer of the Águila Command, a special public security support unit that has been deployed to protect schools’ perimeters since June 2014. From January to December 2015, the Águila Command sent 1,302 service members to support 651 schools nationwide, providing security and performing searches to prevent crime from entering the classroom. “We joined this effort because we want to protect the residents of our cities, especially our children, from risk factors that lead only to social violence, and our teenagers from joining criminal groups and gangs,” said Azucena Linares, a 36-year-old secretary and member of one of the Municipal Violence Prevention Committees in San Salvador. These committees are part of a national strategy of the Ministry of Public Security to generate a culture of peace and non-violence among citizens. “I know parents whose children are at schools that are being watched by the Military, and they have seen a difference in the climate of security,” he said. “The presence of Soldiers gives them peace of mind because the Soldiers monitor things and do not tolerate anyone who wants to generate violence.” The Armed Forces will also participate in other student protection efforts to prevent harassment, child labor, human trafficking, and domestic violence. For example, service members will also accompany students to discussions on the consequences of drug use and on the standards of civic duty that allow people to live together harmoniously, though details of those initiatives have not yet been made public by the Ministry of Defense. “Our service members are ready to assist the student population and to protect and guard them from their homes to their schools,” Col. Pérez Aguirre said at the plan’s launch. “This effort will energize protection for schools and make it more dynamic.” By Dialogo January 28, 2016 The ceremony to launch this new effort to protect the most at-risk children and adolescents was held in the José Mejía School, which is in the Southern Zone of San Salvador where criminal subgroups under MS-13 and M-18 gangs converge. Parents of students welcomed the arrival of the Troops to provide public safety.