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A Tribe Called Quest

Who is A Tribe Called Quest?

The Lost Tribes (album)

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This hip hop group titled A Tribe Called Quest consists of 4 members; Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi.  This group used their individuality and creativity to make hip hop songs and lyrics.  This group formed in their high school days in their hometown of New York in the 80’s and gained their popularity in the early 90’s.

Q-Tip and Phife Dawg were childhood friends and met Jarobi and Ali in high school.  Q-Tip and Phife Dawg are the MC’s who perform the lyrics, while Ali Shaheed DJ’s.  Jarobi was considered in the group because he was always with them.  He goes with them on tour and sings along with the group and is responsible for the voices in the background of some their songs, but he was more of a close friend to the group.

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The group constantly showed a influence from jazz and used many jazz samples in their music.  Q-Tip grew up listening to jazz and produced many of the tracks and added these jazz samples into the groups tracks.

Q-Tip’s medium low pitched voice and Phife’s high pitched voice was the perfect combination for the unique sound and style of this intellectual hip hop group.  They covered many different topics for their songs from date rape, to love.  They weren’t like your typical hip hop group, they strived to be great at what they do and didn’t care if it was different.  They brought lots of humor to their albums.

The people in this image (see below) are Phife (member of the group) and Michael Rapaport(executive producer) of “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.”  This is the title group’s documentary released in 2011.

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe C...

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A Tribe Called Quest paved the way for many other artists due to this innovation.  They inspired many artist even today to be different and not try to hold back their originality.


About Cameron

A 90's baby with an old soul. A full time student, (Psychology) & (Public Relations) from the Bay Area, California. Played basketball and drums all my life, amateur guitarist. Big fan of Old-School Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk & Soul music. I guess you can say I was born a few decades late.

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