A Tribe Called Quest
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A Tribe Called Quest
The group that would be known to the hip hop community as A Tribe Called Quest was formed in the city of Queens New York and would get their start in the mid 1980’s in a new genre of music called rap. The members Q-Tip and Phife Dawg were childhood friends that would meet in high school to contemplate forming a band of some sort. They would bring on Nico Rey de Castro while after meeting him at school.
Born in the Big Apple
The group would join up and form one of the pioneering bands of the decade. They would practice and rehearse for many years while performing at the local clubs and night spots that championed their particular music and go on to release their first EP in the late 1980’s.
After signing their first record contract with Geffen Records in 1989, the group would record their first EP for release. The album consisted of five songs such as I Left My Wallet in El Segundo and Can I Kick It and almost instantly gained the group credit in their upcoming music genre.
The Quest Begins
They would end up resigning with Jive Records, an independent and up and coming rap label of the time, and go on to release their first full length studio album. Before the full length album was released, it was decided by the record company that they should release one more single. The group recorded and then went on to produce the album called People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.
The album would be known as an album that went on to describe the idea of growing up as a youth in a large city and making the best possible decisions. It did would not contain many of the more violent and sexual images that many other rappers were focusing on at that time.
The album would gain mixed critiques from various writers and some attributed this lack of reception to the fact that it lacked the more hardcore content so plentiful in other rap albums. The group would not generate a large number of sales off of the album but would be afforded the opportunity to make another album.
The group would go on to release their next full length album called The Low End Theory in 1991 and would prove not to be over looked this time around. The album would prove to be much more successful and the group would gain an appearance on the Arsenio Hall Show later that year. The album was much more critically acclaimed and many said that they had now mastered the style that would make A Tribe Called Quest a household name in the hip hop community.
Moving the Tribe
Social issues were the focus of this album in the lyrics of songs such as Skypager, which discussed over-consumerism, as well as a song about the horrors of date rape. The group would go on to be the receiver of numerous awards for the album and hit the road in support of the record. They would immediately go back into the studio and release their third album called Midnight Marauders.
This would prove to be another hit album for the group and their fame was set in stone. Fans of the group can visit their official website where they may find free music downloads as well as more information on the history of the group as well as where they are currently.
Did you know that...
- ...A Tribe Called Quest would be influenced by The Jungle Brothers to change their name in the late 1980’s.
- ...the group would be nominated for numerous Grammy Awards.
- ...they would work with industry legends such as Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.