14 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On the New York trio’s memorable third album, Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad merge cool jazz textures with noisy boom-bap for a thrilling combination. Their raps encapsulate hip-hop life in 1993, from Q-Tip wrestling with the legacy of the N-word on “Sucka N***a” to Phife airing personal problems on “8 Million Stories.” The two romance us over a sumptuous rhythm on “Electric Relaxation,” and, while piping trumpets and playful xylophone notes mark the celebratory “Award Tour,” lay claim to being one of the best rap groups ever.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On the New York trio’s memorable third album, Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad merge cool jazz textures with noisy boom-bap for a thrilling combination. Their raps encapsulate hip-hop life in 1993, from Q-Tip wrestling with the legacy of the N-word on “Sucka N***a” to Phife airing personal problems on “8 Million Stories.” The two romance us over a sumptuous rhythm on “Electric Relaxation,” and, while piping trumpets and playful xylophone notes mark the celebratory “Award Tour,” lay claim to being one of the best rap groups ever.

TITLE TIME

More By A Tribe Called Quest

You May Also Like