Method Man (center) and Black Thought (right) perform during the Budlight Event 2017 SXSW Conference and Festivals on March 18, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW)

Yes, contemporary hip-hop has been slaughtered by mumble rap, screaming and dumb-ass rap lyrics (see “Bad and Boujee,” “Panda” and “Bodak Yellow”—coincidentally, songs that I love, but SHE used to have both banging beats and a hot lyrical game).

Yet, all is not lost.

On Thursday, two of rap’s pioneers—Black Thought of the legendary Roots crew and Method Man of the mighty Wu-Tang Clan—appeared on Sway in the Morning to promote HBO’s new series The Deuce, in which they both play pimps (eh).


Thankfully, in their real day jobs as two of the best emcees who ever did it, though, Meth and Thought did not fail to drop oodles of hot bars on that millennial ass.

For almost five minutes the two seasoned rappers kept the cipher hot, over the instrumental of J.I.D’s “Never,” with little ditties from the “legendary Roots Crew-Tang.”

Now you know why these kids still listen to ’90s hip-hop.

Listen and learn, young emcees. Listen and learn.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Deputy Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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