A Tribe Called Quest was an American hip hop trio that was formed in 1985, and was composed of MC/producer Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg aka Phife Diggy (Malik Taylor), and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad. A fourth member, rapper Jarobi White, left the group after their first album in 1991. He continued to contribute to the band sporadically before rejoining for their 2006 reunion. Along with De La Soul, the group was a central part of the Native Tongues Posse, and enjoyed the most commercial success out of all the groups to emerge from that collective. Many of their songs, such as “Bonita Applebum”, “Can I Kick It?”, “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo”, “Scenario”, “Check the Rhime“, “Jazz (We’ve Got)“, “Award Tour” and “Electric Relaxation” are regarded as classics. The group released five albums between 1990 and 1998 and disbanded in 1998. In 2006, the group reunited and toured the US.
The two MCs began to focus on a range of social issues, from date rape (“The Infamous Date Rape“) to consumerism (“Skypager“). The songs were noticeably shorter, more abrupt, and bass-heavy. Guests on the album included Leaders of the New School (which included Busta Rhymes), Brand Nubian, and Vinia Mojica. Their innovative sampling, layering, and structuring of jazz records led many critics to label their style as jazz rap – a term which Q-Tip disapproved of, as he felt that while it described groups such as Stetsasonic well, it misinterpreted A Tribe Called Quest, who (aside from the song “Jazz (We’ve Got)”) did not base their songs around jazz.
The Low End Theory performed very well on the charts and was RIAA-certified gold on February 19, 1992 (it reached platinum status by 1995). In the aftermath of their success, the group once again toured and contributed the song “Hot Sex” to the soundtrack for the film Boomerang in 1992.
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I can only recommend YOU purchase A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory (Full Album) as the current copyright laws prohibit freebees sharing the Diggy…
I tried to make the Tribe accessible but seems if I refuse to Pinterest my soul, sharing the love won’t happen. Apologies for feeling old school about the internet. I do believe in supporting the artists and in honoring the memory of Phife.
This is the stellar Track List:
00:00 01 Excursions
03:58 02 Buggin’ Out
07:37 03 Rap Promoter
09:51 04 Butter
13:31 05 Verses From The Abstract
17:31 06 Show Business
21:26 07 Vibes Anf Stuff
25:46 08 The Infamous Date Rape
28:41 09 Check The Rhime
32:19 10 Everything Is Fair
35:19 11 Jazz (We’ve Got)
39:29 12 Skypager
41:44 13 What_
44:13 14 Scenario
48:26 15 Check The Rhime
The above A Tribe Called Quest video for Oh My God is being posted here in part for the sensible advocacy of condoms by MC Phife Dawg and for NO Commercial Purposes.
Dufty warns (in 1975) about the rise of diabetes, and its correlation with soft drinks and sugar in snacks. Today, the epidemic of diabetes simply proves him right. The book Sugar Blues is full of data that support the urgency of his warning.
“Western medicine and science have only just begun to sound alarm signals over the fantastic increase in its per capita sugar consumption, in the United States especially. Their researches and warnings are, I fear, many decades too late…I am confident that Western medicine will one day admit what has been known to the Orient for years: sugar is without question the number one murderer in the history of humanity–much more lethal than opium or radioactive fallout–especially those people who eat rice as their principal food. Sugar is the greatest evil that modern industrial civilization has visited upon countries of the Far East and Africa. ..Foolish people who give or sell candy to babies will one day discover, to their horror, that they have much to answer for.” (59 to 60 pages Sugar Blues)
Dufty uses the narrative form to delve into the history of sugar and history of medicine. He mentions whistle blowers, such as Semmelweiss, to remind readers of the discontinuities in standard science. He also delves into the history of Cuba, history of slavery, history of tobacco and tobacco curing to present the sociology of sugar. The status of sugar, as a product of refining, was compared to drugs: Heroin is nothing but a chemical. They take the juice of the poppy and they refine it into opium and then they refine it to morphine and finally to heroin. Sugar is nothing but a chemical. They take the juice of the cane or the beet and the refine it to molasses and then they refine it to brown sugar and finally to strange white crystals. (page 22) Later, the euphemism, “made from natural ingredients”, is cited as equally applicable to heroin and sugar. (page 148) (sited from wikipedia)