This Week’s Model — Black Thought and Danger Mouse, “No Gold Teeth”

The opening plinking tones, the gently kneaded sample of Hugh Masekela’s version of the R&B song “Stop,” the easygoing urgency of Black Thought’s rapping: there’s so much about “No Gold Teeth” that commands attention. Presented as an introduction to a forthcoming full-length collaboration between Black Thought and Danger Mouse, the track is splendid and cool, reminiscent of early De La Soul without being particularly beholden to any particular hip-hop ancestors. It’s simply it’s own spectacular thing, smart and crisply timeless.

Cheat Codes, the new album from Black Thought and Danger Mouse, is scheduled for release in August.

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