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On the New York trio’s memorable third album, Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Ali Shaheed Muhammad merge cool jazz textures with noisy boom-bap for a thrilling combination. Their raps encapsulate hip-hop life in 1993, from Q-Tip wrestling with the legacy of the N-word on “Sucka N***a” to Phife airing personal problems on “8 Million Stories”. The two romance us over a sumptuous rhythm on “Electric Relaxation”, and, while piping trumpets and playful xylophone notes mark the celebratory “Award Tour”, lay claim to being one of the best rap groups ever.

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the height of real hip hop

even to this day this album stands a real contender for one of the best hip hop albums of all time. its perfect for chilling late at night, driving through the town with the windows down, or just to chill to in the evening the smooth melodies and beats, most notably in the second half of the album (Electric Relaxation, clap your hands, the chase and mostly lyrics to go - my faiv) are timeless. theres a suprisingly perfect sense of calm to the whole piece with smooth mellow chords providing the back drop to some excellent beats and some of the most melodic and fitting rap you'll ever hear. phife dawgs lyrics in particular are phenominal, and his first intro in Electric Relax proves his weight "i like 'em brown, yellow.." etc.. to put it short, whenever i reccomend a good HH album to a mate i always start with this one. love it, phenominal.

Great, again.

This is the third Tribe album, and this showed less consistency in some areas, but evolution in others. Never-the-less, this is an exceptional piece of hip-hop, and you would be a fool to miss it. This album saw Phife and Q-tip reach there zenith as a rap-duo, and there skill and brilliant match as a pair is something to behold. Ali-Shaheed's production, while not as consistent, is more skilled in some area's, and album sounds amazing, with a more concise and rootsy sound, buy it.

Dear Help us All... Brilliant!!

Really, the last ATCQ album that fused their infamous jazz/lounge sound with their extrovert lyrical and musical personalities. Although each Album is brilliant in their own individual way, this one is brilliant in every way possible. From the mellow journey of Electric Relaxation, to the hectic proclamation found in Clap Your Hands, the listeners mood will sail up and down through this rollercoaster of an album, yet interest and enjoyment will remain peaked throughout.

One of the most influential Hip-Hop LP's ever in my opinion, and although it does not focus on the ecstatic creativity found in Peoples Instinctive Travels, or the careless, smooth jazz found in The Low End Theory, it contains much much more. A flawless fusion of the two key esscences that make the Tribe the utterly brilliant act they are, and always will be. This album will be their legacy for generations to come.

This album was also the real beginning of the masterful lyrical interplay between Q-Tip and Phife, as previously, Q-Tip had usually taken a firm hold of most verses, with Phife only getting a look in every so often. Yet from this album and onwards, the fire top notch verses flawlessly back and forth to each other, the likes never really seen in hip hop before. The only example i can think of previous to this album is in Check The Rhime, In the Low End Theory. Yet in this Album, it is a consistent and common, yet unigue feature.

So, a must buy, however, you simply cant ignore the other four albums, as i said they are all brilliant in their own way. So please buy this and SUPPORT REAL HIP HOP!

Happy Listening Guys :)


Formed: 1988 in Queens, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Without question the most intelligent, artistic rap group during the 1990s, A Tribe Called Quest jump-started and perfected the hip-hop alternative to hardcore and gangsta rap. In essence, they abandoned the macho posturing 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...
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