Classic Rotation: A Tribe Called Quest's "The Low End Theory"
One of the many beauties of hip hop is that it's constantly in conversation with other genres, whether due to sampling, collaboration, or just inspiration. Formed on a bedrock of R&B, funk, and disco samples, it quickly became more omnivorous, and many of its watershed moments have come when combined with other styles in new, unheard-of ways. Take Rick Rubin and Terminator X's mining of hard rock records in the '80s, Dr.
Joey Bada$$ Spoke To Q-Tip Moments Before Phife Dawg Died
During an interview on Shade 45's VIP Saturdays program, Joey Bada$$ revealed that he was on the phone with Q-Tip moments before the news of Phife Dawg's death broke.
Classic Rotation: Busta Rhymes' "The Coming"
Like many others who grew up long after the Native Tongues era of NY rap, my first exposure to a young Busta Rhymes came on A Tribe Called Quest’s bombastic single “Scenario.” The Low End Theory closing track featured Rhymes’ group Leaders Of The New School (who along with Tribe, De La Soul, Black Sheep, and Jungle Brothers formed the NT collective) in a cypher-esque sequence of oneupmanship that concluded with one of the greatest verses ever laid to wax.
Q-Tip Named Director Of Hip-Hop Culture At Kennedy Center In DC
Washington DC's Kennedy Center recently hosted a performance of Kendrick Lamar's Kunta's Groove Sessions, and the high profile event may have convinced the venue to dive further into the world of rap. Today, an announcement has been made that legendary New York producer and rapper Q-Tip has been appointed the very first artistic director of hip-hop culture for the Kennedy Center.
12 Self-Produced Hip Hop Albums to Hear
MCs and producers are traditionally two different people, but occasionally the hip hop world is blessed with an artist that can play both roles. Dr. Dre once claimed to be a "a producer who can rap and control the maestro," and when he said it, there weren't a whole bunch of dudes who were capable of doing it. Since then, artists like MF DOOM, Kanye West, and J. Cole have made some serious beats, and then blessed them with their own flow.
A Tribe Called Quest To Rerelease Debut Album With New Remixes
The epic musical journey taken by A Tribe Called Quest began with their 1990 debut album, People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm. They will commemorate the album's 25th anniversary by reissuing it on November 13. “I had this album in my head for years before I did it,” Q-Tip said in a press release. “Looking at it overall, to see the thoughts of a 16-year-old gain any kind of acknowledgement makes me feel like I have arrived … But to see it in this incarnation … I’m humbled.”
5 Beats 1 Radio Shows For Hip-Hop Fans
Since launching earlier this month, Apple Music has swept the rug from under TIDAL’s feet and made a markedly successful splash, delivering a diverse catalogue of options for their new Beats Radio 1 feature. Providing 24/7 entertainment and quality-listening for such a large market can be challenging, but Apple has pulled it off-- especially when it comes to options for hip-hop fans.
#TBT: A Tribe Called Quest
Queens, New York has birthed plenty of rap stars over the years. From Run DMC to Action Bronson, the New York City borough has a rich history in the culture of hip-hop. One of the greatest groups that Queens ever gave us, however, is A Tribe Called Quest.
Q-Tip Schools Iggy Azalea In Hip-Hop History [Update: Iggy Azalea Responds]
Yesterday, Q-Tip was dragged into an argument between Azealia Banks and Action Bronson, questioning Bronson on his word choice on a few occasions. Today, the former Tribe Called Quest member targeted Iggy Azalea, who made some remarks about Banks on Twitter yesterday.
T.I. Addresses Q-Tip & Iggy Azalea, Azealia Banks Says He's "Indoctrinated"
T.I. once again came to Iggy Azalea's aid today on Twitter. Responding to Q-Tip, who sent Azalea a long-winded history lesson on social media earlier this week, Tip decided to share his feelings on white people in the hip-hop industry, claiming "not all white people out to steal our culture." He then addressed Iggy herself, telling his protege not to let the negativity get her down--that it's "a part of the territory."
D'Angelo Reveals "Black Messiah" Tracklist [Update: Album Stream Now Available]
Well, that happened fast. After more than a decade of waiting on the follow-up to his undisputed-classic Voodoo album, D'Angelo fans are getting hit left-and-right with new material from the R&B legend. Just a few hours after dropping the project's first single, D has let loose the official tracklist as well as a brief introductory note for listeners.
Hip-Hop Reacts To Grand Jury Decision In Eric Garner Case
Following the recent decision of a grand jury in Ferguson not to indict police officer Darren Wilson after he killed unarmed teen Michael Brown, another verdict has been passed that's got many Americans' heads spinning.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (November 28)
How did this week go? Not great. By another miracle of the justice system, Darren Wilson got away with murdering Michael Brown; a grand jury decided to not indict him. To put this in perspective, you need to be beyond reasonable doubt to prove a defendant is guilty. An indictment only requires suspicion. That jury didn't find suspicion with Brown suffering multiple shots. So you can see how the circumstance could cause some outrage within the hip-hop community. See them in 140 Bars Or Less.
Q-Tip Announces Lil Wayne's Induction To The Zulu Nation
The Universal Zulu Nation is an organization created by proto-hip hop icon Afrika Bambaaataa, aiming to use the genre to spread awareness of social and political issues. Many rappers have adopted the cause since its inception in the 70s, with Rakim, KRS-One, Public Enemy, Ice Cube, and De La Soul identifying as members.
The Hip Hop Community Responds To No Indictment For Darren Wilson
The streets of Ferguson are in an uproar tonight after a grand jury determined that Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot unarmed teenager Mike Brown to death in August, would not be facing criminal charges for his actions. Wilson, who is white, became a national figure after he shot the black 18-year-old multiple times on a residential street.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (November 7)
We get a little bit of everything this week in hip-hop, including a surprise. It didn't look like it was coming anytime soon, but Azealia Banks ' debut — Broke With Expensive Tastes — is finally here.
#TBT: Early Busta Rhymes
Before Busta Rhymes was jacked, he was skinny. Before he was bald, he had dreadlocks. Before he was collaborating with Lil Wayne, he was with the likes of Q-Tip and J Dilla.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (September 12)
Breaking news: The NFL is corrupt! Because rappers wanting to be athletes and vice versa is sort of a running motif, a few have weighed in with their thoughts about the Ray Rice/NFL cover-up situation. Some made more sense than others.
Rick Rubin Confirms He's Working On Kanye West's "Yeezus" Follow-Up
As the widely-known Yeezus creation story goes, Kanye West called in legendary producer/Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin to make some clutch edits to the album just a few weeks away from its release. Now Rubin's chimed in that he's working on West's new album, saying that they are currently "looking at vocal ideas" for the project. Maybe it's crunch time again, and Yeezus' successor is now just weeks away from release?
Q-Tip & Dr. Dre May Be Working On "Detox"
Dr. Dre's on-again, off-again album Detox has become a bit of a punchline in the hip hop community. The proposed follow up to 1999's Chronic 2001 has been in the works for years, and has even had a few false-start singles.