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A Tribe Called Quest

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by WISE, Aug 16, 2002.

  1. WISE

    WISE Member

    Joined: Jul 10, 2001 Messages: 526 Likes Received: 0
    A Tribe Called Quest

    Without question the most intelligent, artistic rap group during the '90s, A Tribe Called Quest jump-started and perfected the hip-hop alternative to hardcore and gangsta-rap. In essence, they abandoned the macho posturing which rap music had been constructed upon, and focused instead on abstract philosophy and message tracks. The "sucka MC" theme had never been completely ignored in hip-hop, but Tribe confronted numerous black issues — date rape, use of the word nigger, the trials and tribulations of the rap industry — all of which overpowered the occasional game of the dozens. Just as powerful musically, Quest built upon De La Soul's jazz-rap revolution, basing tracks around laidback samples instead of the played-out James Brown-fests which many rappers had made a cottage industry by the late '80s. Comprised of Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Phife, A Tribe Called Quest debuted in 1989 and released their first album People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm one year later. Their second album The Low End Theory was, quite simply, the most consistent and flowing hip-hop album ever recorded, though the trio moved closer to their harder contemporaries on 1993's Midnight Marauders. A spot on the 1993 Lollapalooza Tour showed their influence with the alternative crowd — always a bedrock of A Tribe Called Quest's support — but the group kept it real on 1996's Beats, Rhymes and Life, a dedication to the streets and the hip-hop underground.

    My fav. hip hop of all time, I mean EVERY one of their albums is fucking hot. And each one is original.

    I'm currently bumpin Midnight Marauders, got that shit on repeat until workday is done.

    I know there has to be a few tribe fans
  2. greedy mars

    greedy mars Guest

  3. jah

    jah Elite Member

    Joined: Dec 30, 2001 Messages: 2,705 Likes Received: 2
    good group...
  4. beardo

    beardo Guest

    they lost me after low end, but i still pop the later albums on once in a while. we got the jazz for shizzle.
  5. Dirty_habiT

    Dirty_habiT Administrator

    Joined: Mar 8, 2001 Messages: 18,136 Likes Received: 82
  6. nicio

    nicio Member

    Joined: Apr 23, 2001 Messages: 372 Likes Received: 0
    can i kick it?
  7. WISE

    WISE Member

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  8. amItoolate?

    amItoolate? Member

    Joined: Mar 5, 2002 Messages: 912 Likes Received: 0
    why you are absolutly right!
  9. Vanity

    Vanity Veteran Member

    Joined: Apr 11, 2000 Messages: 7,673 Likes Received: 6
    great group.. overrated though
  10. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Guest

    bullshit overated.

    so my first Tribe experience came very early.
    A good friend of my fathers was a reviewer for bmg music.
    She got all the promos and wrote a little something about them.
    Luckily, I got all the left-overs.
    So I had the People's Instinctive Travels before it came out.
    At the time I was still very young and still learning my musical tastes.
    wow. It shocked me. It was a whole new world.

  11. Hate Therapy

    Hate Therapy Junior Member

    Joined: Aug 15, 2002 Messages: 161 Likes Received: 0
    Tribe were dope in their day. Music conjures up memories, and when I hear certain Tribe songs it seriously takes me back.
    Crazy how the tables have turned and Q-tip is on some whole other shit these days.
  12. Matthew13

    Matthew13 Member

    Joined: Jun 6, 2002 Messages: 290 Likes Received: 0
    Back in the days when i was a teenager...

  13. NATO

    NATO Guest

    Low end theory had been in my headphones all week. stone cold classic.
  14. 23578

    23578 Elite Member

    Joined: Jul 2, 2000 Messages: 2,521 Likes Received: 0
    It's kind of weird how they said how they built upon De La Soul, they came out before, or at least the same time?

    thanks alot ron carter, on the bass, check it out, ron carter, on the bass. . .(i think that's what they say).
  15. WISE

    WISE Member

    Joined: Jul 10, 2001 Messages: 526 Likes Received: 0
    Yeah Tribe, De La, Jungle Bro's. , Busta, and some others all came out around the same time and were building off each other, it was the native tongues collective. I dunno the exact years, but both groups came out in like 89(ish).

    Q-Tip is on some different stuff right now, but I'll still bump vibrant thing.
    Phife came out with a solo, it had that one hot song "flawless" and Ali hooked up w/ Lucy Pearl, which I like a bit. Tribe was dope cuz everyone involved was killing shit, not just the lead man.

    is it obvious I'm a fan?