Questlove Reminds The World Black Thought Exists After Future Is Crowned 'Best Rapper Alive' By 'GQ'

HipHop News Posted on April 20, 2022 at 8:57am

Questlove Reminds The World Black Thought Exists After Future Is Crowned 'Best Rapper Alive' By 'GQ'

Five words: Black Thought Funk Flex freestyle.

GQ unveiled Future as their May 2022 cover star on Tuesday (April 19), and already the issue has caused quite a stir thanks to the cover story’s bold headline: “Future Is the Best Rapper Alive.”

“When you survey the Hip Hop landscape, no other artist has been as consistently excellent, or as influential, for as long as he has,” veteran rap journalist Elliott Wilson writes while pointing to Kanye West’s Drink Champs declaration that “Future is the most influential artist of the past 10 years.”

“He invented his own sound, which has since become the dominant style in rap,” Wilson continues. “He has delivered hit after hit after hit. And he’s done it all on his own terms. I’ll say it again: Future is the best rapper alive.”

However, not everybody agrees with that assessment. On Tuesday, Questlove took to Twitter to share his seemingly speechless reaction to GQ’s declaration, quote-tweeting the cover story with a simple full stop.


— Questo (@questlove) April 19, 2022

The newly-minted Oscar and Grammy winner then dropped a not-so-subtle hint about who he believes is the rightful owner of the “best rapper alive” crown.

When one of his followers replied, “is that a good or bad ‘.’?” Questlove responded by tweeting a link to his longtime Roots running mate Black Thought‘s legendary Funk Flex freestyle.

— Questo (@questlove) April 19, 2022

A breathtaking display of rapping prowess that found him devouring’s Mobb Deep’s “The Learning (Burn)” beat for 10 straight minutes, Black Thought’s Funk Flex freestyle landed like an atomic bomb when it dropped in December 2017, becoming the top trending topic on Twitter while triggering a tidal wave of reactions from fellow rappers and fans alike.


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