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A seminal debut album that hasn’t aged a second. Bursting with inventiveness, color and charm, it framed Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammed and Jarobi (who would quit the band in 1991 to attend culinary school) as one of hip-hop’s most important groups. Lyrically, it’s extraordinary—tackling police brutality and high art, STDs and veganism—while freewheeling, giddy creativity radiates off everything. Its most iconic moments (“I Left My Wallet In El Segundo”, “Can I Kick It?”) are its most spare and jazzy, while hip-hop is still yet to pen a love letter that tops “Bonita Applebum.”

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"Who got the vibe? It's the tribe ya'll"

Damn! why isn't hip hop like this anymore?
i was born in 94 I'm only 15, and I hate all this boojy rap that's out now. It's all about girls and money or how much drugs you got.
Jay-z recently said in his new song "death of autotune"
"I know were facin' a recession but the music ya'll makin gon make it the great depression" that line is mad true where is hip hop going? With all this wack music that's being made.


This was the beginning! Right here for all the Tribe fans then and now. A Tribe Called Quest made their debut with this classic album. While loved for its jazz, funk, and soul samples, this album was a masterpiece when it comes to blending genres of music together to form one cohesive bond. It was sampling at its peak. To blend songs from different artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Billy Brooks, Lou Reed, Roy Ayers, Jimmy Smith, Stevie Wonder, and The Chambers Brothers (to name a few), and make it a seamless flowing album is the work of true geniuses. Somehow, Tribe was able to find different parts of an eclectic mix of songs that somehow magically fit together as if they were long lost family members. And maybe they were, thus proving how modern music all comes from the same roots.

A True Hip-Hop Classic!!!!!

What can I say, this is an excellent album & A Tribe Called Quest's music is better than 99.9% of the hip-hop artists that are out today!!!!! YEAH I SAID IT!!!!!! If you're a TRUE fan then you should check out all of their albums & music videos.


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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