The Upcycled Self: A Memoir on the Art of Becoming Who We Are

(Author) Tariq Trotter

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “One of hip-hop’s greatest MCs, unpacking his harrowing, remarkable journey in his own words, with enough insights for two lifetimes. ”—Lin-Manuel Miranda, award-winning songwriter, producer, director, and creator of In the Heights and Hamilton

From one of our generation’s most powerful artists and incisive storytellers comes a brilliantly crafted work about the art—and war—of becoming who we are. A ROLLING STONE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR upcycle verb up·cy·cle ˈəp-ˌsī-kəl : to recycle (something) in such a way that the resulting product is of a higher value than the original item : to create an object of greater value from (a discarded object of lesser value)

Today Tariq Trotter—better known as Black Thought—is the platinum-selling, Grammy-winning co-founder of The Roots and one of the most exhilaratingly skillful and profound rappers our culture has ever produced. But his story begins with a tragedy: as a child, Trotter burned down his family’s home. The years that follow are the story of a life snatched from the flames, forged in fire.


Tariq Trotter


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Formats: Audiobook, Kindle, Hardcover
Published: November 14, 2023
ISBN-10: 0593446925
ISBN-13: 978-0593446928