A stunning homage to A Tribe Called Quest and a musical era that shaped American culture, from critically acclaimed Hanif Abdurraqib.
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How does one pay homage to A Tribe Called Quest? Hanif Abdurraqib digs into the group’s history and draws from his own experience to reflect on how the band’s distinctive sound resonated among fans like himself.
Abdurraqib traces the Tribe’s creative career: from their early days as part of the Afrocentric rap collective known as the Native Tongues, through their first three classic albums, to their eventual breakup and long hiatus. Their work is placed in the context of the broader rap landscape of the 1990s, one upended by sampling laws that forced a reinvention in production methods, the East Coast–West Coast rivalry that threatened to destroy the genre, and some record labels’ shift from focusing on groups to individual MCs.
Throughout the narrative Abdurraqib connects both the music and cultural history to their street-level impact and seeks the deeper truths of A Tribe Called Quest; truths that—like the low end, the bass—are not simply heard in the head, but felt in the chest.
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”Warm, immediate and intensely personal.” —The New York Times
”Riveting and poetic.” —Washington Post
”More than just an homage to A Tribe Called Quest, though; it’s more like a reckoning. The result is a critical examination of the group—their message and history—as well as a musical memoir of sorts, and an exploration of the lasting impact music can have on the soul.” — Vanity Fair
”He writes with a sincerity that makes his subjects fallible. He writes as if music matters. I’m there with him, hopeful yet realistic.” —Nikesh Shukla, Observer