Hip Hop is more than a genre. It is a state of mind. It’s the form of expression that informs, encourages, and tells compelling stories. Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and former member Jarobi White were a group called “A Tribe Called Quest” in the 80’s that inspired a culture that you’re currently participating in.
Not familiar to you yet? Here are three songs by the tribe that influenced the Hip Hop culture we all know and love so well.
Can I kick it?
Have you ever wanted to tell someone how great you are? If you are active on any form of social media the answer is yes to the previous question. In the song Can I kick it? the tribe 3 minutes creatively introduced themselves and sharing their coolness with anyone willing to listen.
Before Netflix and Chill was a thing, Bonita Applebum changed the way sexual advances were made.
“38, 24, 37, you an me hun are a match made in heaven. I’d like to kiss you where some brothas wont.” lyric from Bonita Applebum.
Instead of accepted romantic advances in inboxes, persistent men that were bold enough to do more than press a like button seduced by admiring features of a woman up close and personal.
“Here we go yo, Here we go yo, so what’s, so what’s, so what’s the scenario.” Lyric from the song scenario.
You may not know the words that follow the previous choirs, but the theme is universal and simple. The song promotes self-love while disregarding the negative commentary of speculators. A familiar concept we can all relate to today and paved the way for empowering music. Artist like Drake and Nicki Manaj can credit a majority of their success to writing songs that empower others to be confident enough to handle business and ignore negativity.
A Tribe Called Quest was a legendary group that inspired a culture that we are all part of. The tribe rhymed over beats that made your head nod and your body grove. Some would describe it as feel good music. Their fresh sound paved the way for innovative artists that aren’t afraid to be themselves like Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, and SZA. Throughout the tribe’s success, founding member Phife Dawg battled with diabetes. On March 22, 2016 Phife Dawg died at 45 from complication relating to diabetes. His contribution to Hip Hop will forever inspire us all.
Damn. #RIPPhife one of the greatest to bless the mic
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) March 23, 2016
Rip PHIFE DAWG A Tribe Called Quest inspired us all ! We will never forget!
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) March 23, 2016
Rest In Beats PHIFE ATCQ Forever pic.twitter.com/jwYNU6YLJ8
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) March 23, 2016