We pick up his SUV from a parking garage, and it gets scary because he tells me I'm driving. I do not want to drive this man's luxury SUV!
But then he walks towards the driver's side and gets in. I slide in the passenger seat. “You're driving, eh?” I ask.
“You think I was gonna let you drive my car?” he laughs. I laugh too. Oh, the laughter that comes from relief is a sweet laugh indeed.
Inside the Queens studio are a few members of the Dap-Kings, the musicians that back up Sharon Jones, and played on Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" and Amy Winehouse's biggest hits. I walk in and they treat me as if I've shown up to the studio to hang out a hundred times.
Playing through the speakers on a loop is some music they've been recording all day -- so far it sounds like a bass line, drums, and some horns. Black Thought doesn't go in the booth. He sits on the couch and looks at his phone, and every once in a while I can hear him rhyming quietly.
Like the guy from fun., that boxer, and a former governor, Black Thought went to the Knicks game tonight. He sat close to the action and ate free popcorn. He had an experience that 95% of the crowd will never get to have. Hell, they probably won't get to drive a DB9 or see the world, either. But that's his everyday.