Tariq Trotter Net Worth

Tariq Trotter Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Tariq Trotter net worth is
$12 Million

Tariq Trotter Wiki Biography

Tariq Luqmaan Trotter was born on the 3rd October 1971, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, and is a musician as well as an occasional actor who, as Tariq Trotter or Black Thought, is most famous for being a co-founder and the leading MC of the hip hop band named The Roots.

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this hip hop artist and performer has accumulated so far? How rich Tariq Trotter is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total of Tariq Trotter’s net worth, as of mid-2017, revolves around the sum of $12 million, acquired largely through his career in the music industry which has been active since 1987.

Tariq Trotter Net Worth $12 million

Tariq is the younger of two sons in the Muslim family of Cassandra and Thomas Trotter, and besides being American, originates also from Senegal and Sierra Leone. He suffered quite a traumatic childhood – when Tariq was only three years old, his father, who was a member of Islamic group Black Brothers Inc. was murdered. At his age of 17, his mother was killed too, while his older brother ended up imprisoned, and spent half of his life in jail. However, Black Thought has managed to snatch out and make a name for himself in the world of music.

Tariq went to Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, after which he enrolled at Millersville University of Pennsylvania where he majored in journalism. In 1987, Tariq met Ahmir Thompson, who later adopted the stage name Questlove, with whom he formed a hip hop duo and performed on the streets of Philadelphia, and soon after they began playing gigs under the name The Square Roots. In 1992, after adding several more members to the group, they rebranded as The Roots, and in 1993 independently released their debut studio album entitled “Organix”. This was followed by their second album, “Do You Want More?!!!??!”, released in January 1995; with its unique sound, a mixture of hip hop and jazz, the album peaked at No. 2 on the US Top Heatseekers Albums chart, quickly earning The Roots many fans and positive critics’ reviews. All these achievements provided the basis for Tariq Trotter’s nowadays quite impressive net worth.

In 1999, The Roots led by Black Thought released their “Things Fall Apart” album which featured the hit single “You Got Me”. This song earned Tariq and his band mates the prestigious Grammy Award for the Best Rap Performance. Since then Tariq’s The Roots have released eight more studio albums, 12 in total, as well as two EPs and three collaborative albums of which “Wake Up”, released in 2010 and featuring John Legend, won NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Album as well as Grammy Award for the Best R&B album. It is certain that all these accomplishments have helped Tariq Trotter alias Black Thought to add a significant sum to the total of his net worth.

Besides music, Tariq has also made some efforts towards acting – so far, he has appeared in over a dozen motion pictures including the 2000 comedy “Bamboozled”, 2001 musical drama “Brooklyn Babylon” as well as “Love Rome” (2004), “Night Catches Us” (2010) and “Get on Up” (2014). In his now three-decades-long career in the entertainment industry, Tariq has collaborated with numerous big names such as Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def and also Spike Lee, Tom Cruise and plenty of others.

When it comes to Black Thought’s personal life, he has managed to keep it mostly private. Since 2010, he has been married to Opal with whom he has welcomed one child. From previous relationships, Tariq has another two children. With his family, he currently resides in New Jersey.

As a passionate “fashionisto” and sunglasses collector, Tariq Trotter has released a limited edition of 300 luxurious black tortoise sunglasses in collaboration with MOSCOT, all featuring Tariq’s signature. He is also a partner and sponsor of GrassROOTS Community Foundation focused on promoting obesity awareness.

Full NameBlack Thought
Net Worth$12 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 3, 1971
Place Of BirthPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height5' 7" (1.7 m)
ProfessionMusic Department, Soundtrack, Actor
EducationMillersville University of Pennsylvania
SpouseOpal Trotter
ParentsCassandra Trotter, Thomas Trotter
AwardsGrammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album
Music GroupsThe Roots
MoviesLate Night with Jimmy Fallon, Get on Up
TV ShowsLate Night with Jimmy Fallon
1Attended the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA)
2Rapper for the group The Roots, where he goes by the name Black Thought.

Music Department

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014-2016TV Series musician - 92 episodes
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009-2011TV Series musician - 18 episodes


Rock'n Roll2017writer: "The Seed 2.0"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonTV Series writer - 6 episodes, 2014 - 2016 performer - 4 episodes, 2016
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping2016writer: "Hey Jimmy" - as Tarik Trotter
Zoolander 22016writer: "Here I Come" - as Tarik Collins
Martha & Niki2016Documentary writer: "Don't Say Nuthin'" - as Tarik L. Collins
Creed2015writer: "The Fire" - as Tarik Collins
Underground Kings2014TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Choices2014/IXShort performer: "Choices" / writer: "Choices"
Top Five2014writer: "How I Got Over"
Grudge Match2013writer: "Here I Come" - as Tarik L. Collins
Battle of the Year2013writer: "Boom" - as Tarik Collins
Late Night with Jimmy FallonTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2011 writer - 2 episodes, 2010
Step Up 3D2010writer: "Here I Come" - as Tarik L. Collins
The Karate Kid2010writer: "Here I Come" - as Tarik Collins
The Soloist2009writer: "Who Am I?" - as Tarik Collins
Late Show with David Letterman2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
Superbad2007writer: "Here I Come" - as Tarik Trotter / writer: "My Favorite Mutiny" - as Tarik Collins
I Think I Love My Wife2007writer: "The Seed 2.0"
Stomp the Yard2007writer: "In the Music" - as Tarik Trotter
Rock the Bells2006Documentary writer: "I'll Bee Dat" - as Tarik L. Collins
The Ground Truth2006Documentary writer: "Somebody's Gotta Do It"
Dave Chappelle's Block Party2005Documentary writer: "Boom", "You Got Me"
Chasing Liberty2004writer: "The Seed" - as Tarik Trotter
Six Feet Under2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Wire2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Brown Sugar2002writer: "Act Too Love of My Life" - as Tarik L. Collins
Ken Park2002writer: "Do You Want More?!!!??!" - as Tarik Collins
Blade II2002writer: "Tao of the Machine" - as Tarik Trotter
Down to Earth2001"Glitches"
Bamboozled2000writer: "Mantan Show Music" 2000, "Burn Hollywood Burn" - as Tarik Trotter
High Fidelity2000writer: "The Anti-Circle"
The Hurricane1999writer: "The Hurricane"
The Best Man1999writer: "What You Want"
High School High1996writer: "The Good, The Bad And The Desolate" - as Trotter


The Deuce2017TV Series post-productionJerry Love
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping2016The Roots (as Tariq 'Black Thought' Trotter)
The Jim Gaffigan Show2015TV SeriesThe Roots
Stealing Cars2015Lionel McWorthers
Brotherly Love2015/IIIBarbershop Patron
Halal in the Family2015TV SeriesCousin Tariq
Get on Up2014Pee Wee Ellis
On the Inside2011/ITom Bogotus
Yelling to the Sky2011Roland
All Access2010ShortDominique
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV Series
Night Catches Us2010Bostic Washington
Explicit Ills2008Kaleef
Love Rome2004Tariq
Perfume2001Posse Member #2 (as Tarik Trotter)
Brooklyn Babylon2001Solomon, Member of The Lions
Bamboozled2000Alabama Porch Monkey




Choices2014/IXShort script


SoundClash2014TV Series executive producer - as Tariq 'Black Thought' Trotter


Underground Kings2014TV Series special thanks - 1 episode


The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - The Roots: MC / Second Customer / Ladysmith Snack Mambazo / ...
Hamilton's America2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
An Ode to Hannibal Buress2016ShortHimself
HuffPost Live Conversations2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
This Is Hot 972014TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009-2013TV SeriesHimself - The Roots: MC / Himself - MC / Ladysmith Snack Mambazo / ...
Four Courses with J.B. Smoove2013TV SeriesHimself
Big Morning Buzz Live2011-2013TV SeriesHimself
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2012TV MovieHimself
White Wash2011DocumentaryNarrator
The Art of Blending2011/IIShortHimself
The Art of Blending2011/IShortHimself
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest2011DocumentaryHimself (as Black Thought)
Ursula Rucker: Poet2008Documentary shortHimself (as Roots)
VIP Lounge2008TV SeriesHimself
Planet Voice2006TV SeriesHimself
3rd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors2006TV MovieHimself (as Black Thought)
Backstage Pass2006TV SeriesHimself
2nd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors2005TV MovieHimself (as Black Thought)
Dave Chappelle's Block Party2005DocumentaryHimself - The Roots (as Tariq 'Black Thought' Trotter)
Def Poetry2005TV Series documentaryHimself
I Love the '70s2003TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself (as Black Thought)
The 45th Annual Grammy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself (as The Roots)
American Rap Stars2002Video documentaryHimself (as The Roots)
Brown Sugar2002Himself - The Roots (as Black Thought)
Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme2000DocumentaryHimself (as Black Thought)
Pete Rock: Soul Survivor1998Video shortHimself (as Black Thought)
Stolen Moments.: Red Hot+Cool1994TV Movie documentaryHimself - Roots (uncredited)

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