Tariq Trotter aka Black Thought, the legendary MC and co-founder of The Roots, has announced the release of his memoir titled The Upcycled Self: A Memoir on the Art of Becoming Who We Are. The biography will be available on Nov 14 through One World Publishing.

On Twitter, he shared his excitement about the book’s upcoming release.

“The storytelling continues. The medium is ever evolving,” his tweet read. “My memoir, The Upcycled Self, is live for preorders and releases on November 14th.”

"I’m so proud of this work. It’s been years in the making. A close look at my childhood…the era that made me," Black Thought continued.

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Tariq 'Black Thought' Trotter (Available November 14, 2023)

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Throughout this revealing work that explores the highs and lows of his life and career, the emcee asks, “How can we see the story of our young lives clearly? How do we use that story to understand who we’ve become? How do we forgive the people who loved and hurt us? How do we rediscover and honor our first dreams? And finally, what do we take forward, what do we pass on, what do we leave behind?”

Regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time, Black Thought has won four Grammy Awards and three NAACP Image Awards. Over their 30-year career, The Roots have released fourteen critically acclaimed albums along with three collaborative studio albums, three compilation albums, and two live albums.

In addition to touring the world and recording music, Trotter and the Roots serve as the house band on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. In June, the group will headline the annual Roots Picnic featuring performances from Sean “Diddy” Combs, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Dave Chappelle, Ari Lennox, and many more.