With all of the beef that takes place in the Hip Hop community, The Roots have virtually gone through their Hip Hop careers without experiencing any real conflict. There is one exception, the abbreviated brush with Nas. This beef started with Nas took aim at the group for that involvement in a Spike Lee joint entitled Bamboozled. The group played the role of the Alabama Porch Monkeys.
During an interview on Complex TV’s Combat Jack Show, Black Thought took the time to speak on his past conflict the Nas, who happened to be feuding with several other emcees at that time.
“In some interview he made a comment about how wack it was for us to do the movie Bamboozled with Spike Lee and ‘how you gonna call yourself The Roots and Black Thought or something and you’re portraying a group called The Alabama Porch Monkeys in Spike Lee’s movie with the ball and chain and all,’” said Black Thought. “Nas was spazzing out on a lot of people during that point in time because he was losing his mom. He had actual beef during that time and this was just a comment he made about The Roots.”
In a fortunate turn of events the two artist were able to work out their differences while attending a Talib Kweli concert. The two were able find common ground due the death of their parets.
“I hadn’t really interacted with him at all up until that point. And then there was a show one night with Talib Kweli and I think he invited Nas, and he invited me. And we were all there in the building together. I had a chance to meet Nas and he explained to me that it wasn’t coming from a personal place and he basically apologized,” Black Thought explained. “He told me he was going through it. He lost his mom. I totally relate to that, I lost my mom when I was 17. She’s a murder victim. Both my parents are murder victims, got killed in Philly.”