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In Honor of Black History Month: A Tribe Called Quest

February 19, 2014Comments

post by Ashli Prescott

 

In Honor of Black History Month: A Tribe Called Quest


A Tribe Called Quest

American Hip Hop Group formed in the 1980's

 

Like Run DMC, A Tribe Called Quest is a hip hop group that first came together in the 1980's.  Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg, and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad (minus Jarobi White who left the group in 1991) make up this musical trio that we know today.  They have produced and perfected so many songs that are known throughout the hip hop community as instant classics. A few you may recognize are, "Bonita Applebum," "Can I Kick It?". "Electric Relaxation," and "Check the Rhime."  Quest dropped 5 albums between '90 and '98 while part of the Native Tongues Posse, known for their positive, uplifting Afrocentric lyrics and also for their utilization of jazz and eclectic-influenced beats.  They were even referred to by the media as "the most intelligent, artistic rap group during the 1990's," as quoted by John Bush of online musical guide website, Allmusic. Later on in 2007, these musical prodigies were honored at the 4th VH1 Hip Hop Honors awards ceremony.  The end of an era (supposedly) closed when the group performed final shows together for the last time on Kanye's "Yeezus" tour last year (althought many fans believe they may not really be calling it quits just yet).  Let's hope they are right.

 

"If knowledge is the key, then just show me the lock / Got scrawny legs but I move just like Lou Brock / With speed, I'm agile, plus I'm worth your while / 100 percent intelligent black child"

-         Q Tip on "Check The Rhime"

 

Which Hip Hip Group do you see as a trailblazer in the music industry?

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February 19, 2014Comments