Hip Hop Legends: A Tribe Called Quest

Every Thursday I will try( nothings guaranteed)to feature one of the three of the blogs weekly: Hip Hop legends, Throwback Thursday, or A Moment For Hip Hop. Hip Hop legend will feature Emcees that made a great impact on the genre and their influence on modern day music. Throwback Thursday will  feature a classic Hip Hop song or video and A moment for hip hop is a classic moment from hip hop from awards shows to concerts and etc. I’ll try to keep them on heavy rotation to keep variety on the Thursdays and keep them exciting. This week it’s Hip Hop Legends:

A Tribe Called Quest is one of Hip Hop’s most legendary, beloved and revered groups of all time, and for good reason. Easily recognized for their unique approach to rap music by employing jazzy soundscapes to Afro centric rhymes, sans the jaded and often nihilistic aggressive posturing.  A Tribe Called Quest is largely responsible for the popularity of Jazzy Hip-Hop that seemed to dominate the East Coast sound of the early 1990’s.

ATCQ was formed in 1985 by Queens, New York natives, Q-Tip and Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad of Brooklyn, who met Q-Tip in high school and although missing on most albums but always present in heart and friendship, Jarobi.  QUEST, the original name of the group was later given the prefix A Tribe Called by their high school buddies, The Jungle Brothers, while recording the song ‘Black Is Black’ for the Straight Out The Jungle Album.  Tribe along with the Jungle Brothers and De La Soul formed a unit called The Native Tongues.  With a building buzz around The Native Tongues and Tribe’s energetic live performances, ATCQ landed a major recording contract with Jive Records in 1989.( read more at http://atribecalledquest.com/html/)

ATCQ has influnce some many artist of today from Will I Am to Kanye West. They are much respect in the hip  hop world and I recommend if you never heard it to get “A Low END Theory” a classic album and so much diversity on that album. They released five albums, the first three of which were very highly acclaimed, and disbanded in 1998. In 2006, the group reunited and toured the US and plan to release an album after some works in the studio. The group is generally regarded as pioneers of alternative rap music, having helped to pave the way for socially aware hip-hop artists. All Music Guide calls them “the most intelligent, artistic rap group during the 1990s”.  In 2005, A Tribe Called Quest received a Special Achievement Award at the Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. In 2007, the group was formally honored at the 4th VH1 Hip Hop Honors. Make sure you check out Quest and get hip on your Old Skool game and I Leave you with the classic “Can I Kick It?”


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