7 Years: A Conversation with Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Zola Mashariki

Tribeca Podcasts



Ahead of the release of 7 Years, an Audible Original Words + Music production from rapper and The Roots frontman Tariq Trotter, join this exclusive conversation between the performer and Head of Audible Studios Zola Mashariki. The two will discuss Trotter’s innovative audio production, the evolution of his singular creative voice, the unique joy of Black storytelling, and the integration of song and story to create something truly exceptional for listeners.


Tariq Trotter

Tariq Trotter

Co-Founder of The Roots, actor, writer, producer, and creator, Tariq Trotter, aka Black Thought, has affirmed himself as one of the most prolific voices in hip-hop. He's won four GRAMMY® Awards, three NCAAP Image Awards and delivered numerous applauded albums with The Roots. He and The Roots Co-founder Questlove launched the production company TwoOneFive Entertainment.

His solo career includes acclaimed Streams of Thought series. The latest installment debuted in 2020. Lyrically dexterous and incisive, he encourages the game to move forward yet again.

In upcoming Audible Original, 7 Years, he examines his life and career in seven-year increments, accompanied by a powerful and personal music score.

Zola Mashariki

Zola Mashariki

Mashariki spearheads the creation of all Audible original programming from concept to release, and has oversight over the entire studio operation including the development and implementation of content strategy. Mashariki has over two decades of experience in developing, producing, and packaging critically acclaimed award winning and commercially successful content for film and television. Mashariki spent fifteen years at Fox Searchlight Pictures where she served as Senior Vice President of Production. Prior to joining Audible, she held roles such as Head of Original Programming at BET/Viacom and Chief Content Officer for One Community.