The performance also featured members of the Roots and a small string section, who combined to create a lush orchestral sound anchored by Remi’s bass and another unassailable Questlove drum groove. Black Thought opened the song with a soulful belt before falling easily into his stream of consciousness flow as he peeled off pensive bars like, “Once again to the well, I went/ While the soul man screamed bloody hell out there/ I’m tryna decode the meaning of the spell I’m in/ And I don’t even know what hotel I’m in.”
“Conception” appears on Black Thought’s new EP, Streams of Thought, Vol. 2: Traxploitation, which arrived in November. The nine-track project was produced entirely by Remi and follows Black Thought’s June release, Streams of Thought, Vol. 1, which primarily featured production from 9th Wonder.