Continuing our celebration of Hip Hop History Month, I want to spotlight A Tribe Called Quest. This month is not only Hip Hop History Month and The Zulu Nation's 40th Anniversary but it is also the month Tribe dropped their classic album Midnight Marauders. So with this blog post I want focus on the element of Street Knowledge.
According to The Gospel of Hip Hop, Street Knowledge is the study and application of ancestral wisdom. What Tribe did was create a piece of history using historical elements and they made a timeless album. Hiphoppas and Rap fans all over the globe could relate to the concepts on the album and they are still relevant today.
One night, my Queen and I were up until the wee hours of the morning playing Tribe songs reminiscing about our days in college.
Big ups to Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammud, and Jarobi for helping make my college years great with this album.
Here's a link to A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders album on YouTube. Enjoy!
****This just in. As I was listening to Pandora.com's Funk Jazz radio station, a song Tribe sampled on their first album called Inner City Blues by Reuben Wilson came on. All I could do was smile.****
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The Rap Beat Creator, Emcee, and Hip Hop Scholar