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FutureStarrA tribe called quest
If you’ve never heard of A tribe called quest, there is no hope of you understanding what they did, who they were, and why they are important. So here are the basics: A Tribe Called Quest was a hip-hop group from the early 1990s led by MC and producer Q-Tip and DJ and producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad. They released five studio albums and have sold over 10 million records worldwide.With socially conscious lyrics, infectious boom-bap rhythms and jazz loops, A Tribe Called Quest’s 90s ‘backpack rap’ has stayed fresh until the Trump era
An example of the youthful expression that abounds on their debut album (see also, er, Youthful Expression). After Hours finds Tribe perfectly combining Q-Tip’s affable account of a night on the tiles with laissez-faire 70s sonics – Sly & The Family Stone’s Remember Who You Are (1977) provides the backdrop, and a chorus trades on a Richard Pryor vocal sample from the comic’s 1971 Craps (After Hours) album. Working the everyman angle, Tip takes time out from his unsuccessful attempts to pull, enjoying a sandwich before meeting friends to discuss “the world’s famines” and “the status quo of rap”.
Brimming with fresh-faced naiveté, After Hours may only hint at what was to come, but back in 1990, it established Tribe as a crew worth hanging out with. Having forged a 20-year run as one of the most innovative and influential hip hop bands of all time, the Queens NY collective known as 'A Tribe Called Quest' have kept a generation hungry for more of their groundbreaking music since their much publicized breakup in 1998. Michael Rapaport documents the inner workings and behind the scenes drama that follows the band to this day. He explores what's next for, what many claim, are the pioneers of alternative rap. (Source: www.imdb.com)