Top 5 A Tribe Called Quest Songs

Top 5 A Tribe Called Quest Songs

My favorite songs from the funkiest New York hip-hop group

Recently A Tribe Called Quest has made their way back into the mainstream with the unfortunate passing of Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor. A Tribe Called Quest was one of the most influential rap groups to ever come out of New York. Emerging in the 90's, also known as the Golden Age of Hip Hop, A Tribe Called Quest nestled it's way into hip-hop fans hearts with a peculiar approach. Using very mellow, and low-end instrumentals, ATCQ made pretty much brought to the forefront conscious, alternative hip-hop, and made it "cool" to aware in a hip-hop song. In honor of Phife Dawg I'm counting down the top 5 ATCQ Songs.

5. "Scenario"

Probably Tribe's most well known song, Scenario is a classic posse cut off the end of the end of the great Low End Theory. From Busta Rhymes absolutely snapping on his verse, with claims of being a "dungeon dragon", to Charlie Brown's infamous line of "And wow-how-now-wow, how now, brown cow," this song's lyrics are about as good as the catchy hook and beat. Also, the music video is about as goofy as they come, so bonus points for that.

4. "Electric Relaxation"

From the jazzy instrumental to the smooth bass, Electric Relaxation is coming in hot at number 4. A less serious song, this is the kind of song that you put on and just vibe to. Great lyricism prevails as is to be expected from ATCQ even in a song about simply relaxing with a nice woman.

3. "Left My Wallet in El Segundo"

Who would have thought that a song literally about finding Q-Tip's wallet, that he left behind, could be so catchy and memorable! I mean from the start this song throws you, with that mariachi style opening, you'd think that this song would be about the wild, wild west. But nope, it turns out Q-Tip just isn't good at remembering his wallet. They really should have tied it to him or attached it in some way. A man's wallet is pretty important. But, it does make for a fantastic song.

2. "Check the Rhime"

When was Phife Dawg on point? All the time. This song was extremely important in ATCQ's discography. Apart from memorable lines like Phife calling himself comparing himself to an energizer battery, and Q-Tip reminding us all that "Rap is not pop" and that "if you call it that stop", which is in itself a lesson we all need to learn, the nature of this song puts it on top. A song about taking note of the pure mastery Tip and Phife have over their rhymes is something that later conscious MCs would take note of, incorporating intricate rhymes and rhyme schemes into their music.

1. "Buggin Out"

This is the song I go to when talking about ATCQ. It may seem a little cliche, but I believe this is their best song. When "The Low End Theory" first came out, this song was the introduction to Phife Dawg. He came with lyrics that I think outshine Q-Tip, and that is not an easy feat. This song put Phife on the map, and you really cannot beat that bass followed by the "Microphone check, 1, 2, what is this?" Just a classic first line cemented in rap forever.

Again these are just a few of my favorite songs by ATCQ, but honestly if you really liked these, then I encourage you to listen to their other material, because it is really fantastic. ATCQ's impact in hip-hop cannot be understated, and I just want to do my part to open people up to something that they might not have heard about beforehand.

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22 Post Malone ‘beerbongs & bentleys’ Lyrics College Kids Will Use As Insta Captions This Summer

It's here, and it's fire.

If you didn't know, I am really not sure how you wouldn't know, but it's fine, Post Malone's new album FINALLY came out! Posty has time and time again proven that he's a trailblazer in the music industry. His genre is a mix of everything, from rap to acoustic guitar, and he sounds like he's at home in both settings.

Here it is, a list of Post Malone lyrics you'll use or see as Instagram captions. I can already feel it, this summer is Posty's summer –– a summer for "beerbongs & bentleys."

1. "Spoil My Night" - "Won't you come spoil my night?"

2. "Spoil My Night" - "Feelings come into play and I'm thinkin' this happens every time"

3. "Spoil My Night" - "Yeah, when I walk up in a party, they all act like they know me"

4. "Zack and Codeine" - "Been livin' fast, no I can't take it slowly"

5. "Zack and Codeine" - "But it don't mean nothing without all my people"

6. "Zack and Codeine" - "Pour that drink 'cause we ain't sleepin' tonight"

7. "Takin Shots" - "Heard that there's a party, I might pay a visit"

8. "Takin Shots" - "Baby, just for the night, you my soulmate"

9. "Over Now" - "I'ma turn the tables, promise you will not forget it"

10. "Stay" - "Damn, who are we right now?"

11. "Blame It On Me" - "These hurricanes inside of my brain"

12. "Same Bitches" - "Bottles on deck, and my drink full"

13. "Same Bitches" - "Population four million, how I see the same bitches?"

14. "Jonestown" - "It happens every time"

15. "92 Explorer" - "She in the front seat head bangin'"

16. "Sugar Wraith" - "And then I went and changed my life"

17. "Sugar Wraith" - "I take the lead, they just follow"

18. "Rockstar" - "Sayin, 'I'm with the band'"

19. "Rockstar" - "Livin’ like a Rockstar, I’m livin’ like a Rockstar"

20. "Rockstar" - "Sweeter than a Pop-Tart”

21. "Psycho" - "Can’t really trust nobody with all this jewelry on you"

22. "Psycho" - "I got homies, let it go"

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Pocketless Pants: A Closet Conspiracy

Fed up with fake pockets? These theories will have you in stitches.

I’m generally a calm person, but nothing gets my blood boiling like when I try to put my hand in my pocket only to find that it’s sewn shut. I’m surprised every time, not for a lack of consistency but for the sheer stupidity of it all. Someone has actually taken the time to design the pockets, place them on the pants, and then to sew them shut—and for what? This question has baffled me for years, and in a recent attempt to find answers I’ve developed a few theories.

1. To make us buy purses

If we don’t have pockets to put our phones, wallets, and keys in, then we have no choice but to pour our savings into decorative sacks. It’s all a ploy for stores to make more money—and to reinforce “feminine” conventions, because what honest woman doesn’t carry around a cute little purse? (Answer: me, ever since my unicorn purse was stolen during Sunday School in the second grade. But I digress.)

Luckily, there’s another option for those of us who can’t keep track of a purse. If you’ve been keeping up with recent trends, you may have noticed that the fanny pack is making a comeback. What a novel idea: a space for your items that doesn’t require you to hold on to anything. Hmm, what does that sound like? That's right—the perfect accessory for those pocket-less pants. And it’ll only set you back about $20. Nice!

2. To make us dependent on men

Ever wonder why men have so many pockets? They have back pockets, front pockets, thigh pockets—and if that’s not enough, they’ve got shirt pockets, too. The most I’ve ever seen a guy carry on his person consisted of a wallet and keys. Something’s not adding up here.

Maybe all that extra space isn’t actually for his things, but for yours. If he’s got your phone and money in his pocket, you aren’t going anywhere. He has you, and your possessions, safely within reach. Everyone wins—just hope the date doesn’t go too poorly.

3. To make us look slimmer

Don’t women have enough junk in the trunk already? No room for any extra. Can’t have that phone or wallet messing with your figure (or obstructing the view, because that’s the only reason women wear tight pants, right?)

4. That’s all I’ve got

Because there is literally no plausible explanation for such an idiotic design choice. We’ve had so many revolutions in women’s clothing: we are no longer subject to swooning from corsets that are too tight, we don’t have to keep our ankles covered for fear of the scandal, and we can wear pants if we so choose. We have not come so far only to tolerate pockets that only look the part.

Ladies, I’m proposing a strike against false pockets: let’s check before we buy.

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