Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane And Abel

Black Thought - Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane And Abel
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Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #470 / 819
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Based on 303 ratings
2020 Ratings: #153
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It’s no longer surprising how Black Thought continues to astound as an artist, but Cane and Able is still an impressive next step in his progression.


Thankfully, Vol. 3 takes full advantage of its longer runtime, stretching into more places than the fairly self-contained first two volumes could.

The Guardian

The veteran US rapper is on fire, with invective that meets the present moment.

The Needle Drop

While this latest Streams of Thought installment hits a serious low at the midpoint, Black Thought remains practically unmatched as a lyricist and MC.

On the third volume in his solo series, Black Thought once again demonstrates the power of his dense, winding freestyles and stretches into new, more vulnerable territory.
God Is in the TV

Despite being pitched as an album, the uneven flow from song to song and totally distinct personalities of each cut makes Streams of Thought Vol. 3 feel more like a mixtape – and not a great one.

In retrospective, Black Thought released one my favorite hip hop records of 2020 with "Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane And Abel", one that displays very little flaws on the surface level and only expands Black Thought's greatness as one of the most proficient lyricists of all time.

Black Thought is nearly 20 years into his career, yet he is arguably as sharp as ever lyrically, which in itself should be enough to find him as a fascinating figure within hip hop, but not only does he ... read more
On Black Thought's 3rd entry in the 'Streams of Thought' series, he proves once again he is untouchable as a lyricist and as an emcee.

With it understandably being delayed I was left a tad bit underwhelmed by the end product when compared to the other entrys but all in all it's still very good. Black Thoughts bars of course havent shown much in the way of any weakness, he flows effortlessly on each track throughout the album, the production is quite enjoyable with some really great moments ... read more
I was really excited for this album, as Black Thought has had some great verses lately and the single with Pusha T and Killer Mike is one of my favorite songs of the year. And while it is very very good, I am a little underwhelmed as it had the potential to be near perfect.

Despite the flaws of this project, Black Thought shows why he’s one of the greatest rappers ever. The production is solid, but rarely does it blow me away on here. Black Thought makes up for whatever shortcomings are ... read more
This is one of the most powerful albums of this year and Black Thought is a fucking legend,no 🧢.

This honestly has rapping that is on another level then usual. Thought is just one of the best MC's to grab the mic when it comes to his lyrics and powerful rapping. Every song is outstanding and unique and the album isn't overwhelmed by features. The choruses made by members of Portugal are actually giving off a really amazing vibe for the songs they are in. Production by Sean C is also stellar ... read more
It's just simply amazing how many years this man has rapped at a high level without selling out or sacrificing his story.
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Track List

  1. I'm Not Crazy (First Contact)
  2. State Prisoner
  3. Good Morning (feat. Pusha T, Swizz Beatz & Killer Mike)
  4. Magnificent
  5. Experience
  6. Quiet Trip (feat. Portugal. The Man & The Last Artful, Dodgr)
  7. Nature of the Beast (feat. Portugal. The Man & The Last Artful, Dodgr)
  8. We Could Be Good (United) [feat. C.S. Armstrong & OSHUN]
  9. Steak Um (feat. ScHoolboy Q)
  10. Thought vs Everybody
  11. Ghetto Boys and Girls
  12. Fuel (feat. Portugal. The Man & The Last Artful, Dodgr)
  13. I'm Not Crazy
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Added on: July 6, 2020