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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I never thought Sunglass Hut would change my life for the better.

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As many people know, being a broke college student is very common for many students across the world. Some people choose to work during the school year, but others just work when they go home on summer break.

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Poetry, The Language Of The Soul

It frees the soul.

Poetry. It speaks to me. The simplicity and the raw honesty. The words that are spoken from the heart and poured out onto a page.

Poetry. It can be so simple yet complex. It can be a language of love acceptance or equality. A voice of understanding.

Emily Dickinson once said, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul - and sings the tunes without the words - and never stops at all.” A favorite quote of mine, that lets the essence of hope speaks for itself. Telling the story of how hope is ongoing and meant to strive on to the test of time.

In another of her works, Dickinson goes on to state “If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain…”. When I read poetry like this, and feel the raw honesty; I can’t help but be inspired by it. To think, what if we were brave enough to speak like this to one another? To let our kindness and compassion for others be completely shown? Often, we are held back by our hesitation to vulnerability. Poetry allows for these hesitations to be cast away.

Works like Dickinson, came from the time of transcendentalism and romanticism. Where there was more focus on the philosophies of life and spirituality. For me being able to write and read poetry that inspires me frees my soul. The act of seeing God in us, around us and through us, of seeing God in the mist, meaning His Spirit and the Nature of what He has built around us. How can I not write about it? Be inspired by it?

Or do we stand to yet again fall to what society has lain before us separate from the ideal understanding of our human intellect of love, God, individuality and the creativity of life.

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