Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane And Abel

Black Thought - Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane And Abel
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Based on 140 ratings
2020 Ratings: #73
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October 16, 2020 / Release Date
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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.

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.
Black Thought is already known for being one of the best MCs of all time and has already cemented his legacy, so there's not really that much I can comment regarding his lyrical ability that hasn't been said before.
However, on "Stream of Thought Vol. 3: Cain And Abel" I was not only surprised by his rapping but also by lots of the versatility shown on here. I definitely wasn't asking for three Portugal. The Man/ Black Thought collaborations prior to this but I'm glad it happened ... 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
I don't care too much about the intricacies of this record but there is some good production, fine experiments, decent deliveries, and it's sonically pleasant. It starts strong and kind of fizzled out for me. My favorite thing about this was Pusha T. This isn't anything special.

Color: Gray
Favorite Tracks: State Prisoner, Good Morning
Worst Tracks: Nature of the Beast
Black Thought has easily had one of the best feature runs of the past year. Education, Crowns for the Kings, Yah Yah, Hustle Don’t Give, Ishkabibble’s: I was convinced this man couldn’t miss. The two singles for this record were the incredibly hard-hitting Good Morning with great features from Pusha T and Killer Mike and the track Thought vs Everybody which was full of food for thought and had a nice 90s Roots throwback with the instrumental. These are 2 of the year’s ... read more
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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