A Tribe Called Quest

PEOPLE’S INSTINCTIVE TRAVELS & THE PATHS OF RHYTHM: 84%

THE LOW END THEORY: 90%

MIDNIGHT MARAUDERS: 93%

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: 83%

THE LOVE MOVEMENT: 88%

Q-TIP | AMPLIFIED: 73%

PHIFE DAWG | VENTILATION: 69%

Q-TIP | THE RENAISSANCE: 90%

Q-TIP | KAMAAL THE ABSTRACT: 83%

WE GOT IT FROM HERE… THANK YOU 4 YOUR SERVICE: 88%

I’m sure nobody needed to be told by me, but A Tribe Called Quest is definitely one of the greatest Hip Hop groups of all time. I don’t think there’s a single dud in their catalogue. The general consensus is that their fourth and fifth albums aren’t that great, but I personally loved them. I don’t think there’s a single album in their discography that isn’t worth listening to. Even their solo projects are pretty enjoyable. Every member of the group is incredibly talented, including Jarobi White. Listening to their final album was of course very bittersweet, but it’s nice that they were actually able to complete the last entry of their catalogue. A lot of times rappers will either die or fall off before their discography is finished, so it’s pretty special that these guys were able to finish things the way they did. Celebrity deaths rarely have an emotional impact on me, but Phife Dawg is one of the few exceptions, along with Sean Price of course. By the way, I’m pretty sure Q-Tip announced like three solo albums in 2019, so hopefully we’ll hear about those sooner rather than later. Anyway, I feel like A Tribe Called Quest’s discography should be required listening for any self-proclaimed Hip Hop fan. There’s a reason they’re held in such high regard. I genuinely think they have one of the best discographies I’ve ever heard. In fact, even though there are a handful of songs I didn’t care for, I genuinely don’t think there are any songs by them that I would say are bad. These dudes are dope as hell.

Favorite Song: God Lives Through
Least Favorite Song: Pubic Enemy

87

Grade: A-