For all of us who grew up listening to A Tribe Called Quest, last Friday was like winning the lottery with the first new album in 18 years (RIP Phife). How it went down (read it here), the timing, etc. all aligned at the right moment. Don’t believe me? Have you listened to the album?! Plus Pitchfork just gave it a 9.0! Now comes the first music video for the lead single, “We The People…”
These are getting really sad to keep writing in 2016. Gone way too young, R.I.P. Phife Dawg.
My love of hip-hop I can say was sprouted from listening to A Tribe Called Quest. Sure there were others too but there was always something about ATCQ, a realness and authenticity. Like other groups, they had their issues and eventually disbanded (and got back together on special occasions, lastly I believe in Nov. 2015 on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon) but together, they were simply the best.
“You on point, Tip?”
“All the time, Phife.”
Happy Wednesday everyone! The video for Busta Rhymes’ “Thank You” featuring Q-Tip, Kanye West and Lil Wayne dropped last week.
Yesterday I came across across a really great Q&A interview online from New York Magazine with Michael Rapaport in regards to his documentary on A Tribe Called Quest. I remember when I first heard about this documentary I was so excited and then I quickly learned of all the drama and bickering going back and forth right around Sundance. Below is an excerpt from the interview which took place during the Tribeca Film Festival and click HERE to read the whole thing.
(via New York Magazine)
You came into this as a fan. Are you less of a fan?
I love the group; I still love the music; I still get off on the music. I will not be the director of A Tribe Called Quest documentary, part two. This conflict has definitely changed my perception of them as individuals, but the music is the music.
Do they have control over the soundtrack?
Yeah, the soundtrack is their domain. They have control over it. And at this point, up until now, they have chosen not to do anything with the soundtrack.
And what was the question that you wanted to answer by doing the movie?
The question that I wanted to answer by doing the movie was, “Will A Tribe Called Quest make more music?” And I think we got our answer because there’s no soundtrack. But it’s not too late yet.
Because you haven’t released the movie yet.
We’ve got release in July, and what better way to go off into the sunset, to make one original song for your documentary? And to see A Tribe Called Quest at the fucking Oscars performing a brand-new song — that would be crazy for hip-hop. They could write the song for me. I’ll perform the shit myself. If they write the song, I’ll do it. I’ll hire look-alikes to do it.
If you are at or heading to Sundance this weekend you are a lucky individual as Michael Rapaport (yes the actor) premieres his documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest. Collectively one of the greatest hip-hop groups of all time who shaped the game for many of today’s most loved and admired stars, I’m very interested to see this documentary about Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi and the footage Rapaport has used to tell the story.
And check out this little bit on the documentary on MTV.com.
I can’t believe I neglected this for a few days but everyone needs to stop what they are doing and listen to Mark Ronson & The Business Intl disc Record Collection. To me, Ronson is one of the most gifted musical minds there is and this CD is another smashing success. The Grammy Award winning artist/producer hits a home run with an album full of tracks featuring many household names including Q-Tip, D’Angelo, Boy George, Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet), Nick Hodgson (Kaiser Chiefs), Ghostface Killah, Spank Rock, Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow), Theophilus London and more.