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Black Thought Ft. ScHoolboy Q – “Steak Um”

Album: Steak Um
Year: 2020

& stand on equal footing on new duet “Steak Um,” a highlight from “Streams Of Thought Vol 3.” When the game’s best lyricists come to mind, it’s not uncommon to see leading the charge. And it’s really not surprising, given how impeccable his penmanship is, a benefit of his intellectual mind and seemingly limitless vocabulary.

Today, the legendary rapper’s discography grew by one chapter, with his new Streams Of Thought Vol 3: Cane & Abel having officially landed. And while there’s plenty to unpack, it’s hard not to immediately gravitate toward a duet with , who proceed to trade bars on “Steak Um.”

After a lengthy introduction from Dave Chappelle, sets things off with a reminder of exactly what he’s about. “Listen, they told me I was bound to lose, I had the crown to prove and fucked around and found the tools,” he spits, over a dark and grimy instrumental. “Coulda failed, but I’m more compelled, I torched the trails of an Orson Welles, rock jewels big as oyster shells.”

Though going head to head with Thought is no easy feat, ScHoolboy proves he’s up to the task, bringing a menacing intensity to the mix. “I’m Beethoven to the bass swollen, yeah,” he snarls. “Starin’ in the mirror, I was God’s bonus / I ain’t ask for shit, I was chose for this.” Check out “Steak Um” now, and sound off — do you think Thought and Q have great chemistry on wax?


  • Coulda failed, but I’m more compelled, I torched the trails
  • Of an Orson Welles, rock jewels big as oyster shells
  • To go from showman to shaman is not common
  • What’s a goon to a goblin? What’s a goblin to Amen Ra
  • When the God’s been a problem? Now get your fuckin’ shine box
  • Before I put your party in a pine box

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