a tribe called quest reunion

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playing bumbershoot in seattle + a toronto date announced for sept

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Thursday, 20 July 2006 17:06 (fifteen years ago) link

I don't know if I'm NAY or HOORAY for this.

the doaple gonger (nickalicious), Thursday, 20 July 2006 17:14 (fifteen years ago) link

I wonder how fat Q-Tip is.

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 20 July 2006 17:24 (fifteen years ago) link

try it and find out!

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 20 July 2006 17:32 (fifteen years ago) link

Didn't they supposedly reunite like 3 years ago?

graf cycliz (graf cycliz), Thursday, 20 July 2006 18:22 (fifteen years ago) link

Didn't they supposedly breakup like 3 years ago?

Rev. PappaWheelie (PappaWheelie 2), Thursday, 20 July 2006 18:40 (fifteen years ago) link

graf OTM

And no, they never re-brokeup. They're just refusing to record as long as they're signed to Jive, who won't let them out of their contract.

It's Rodney, currently unemployed! (R. J. Greene), Thursday, 20 July 2006 20:00 (fifteen years ago) link

industry rule number 4080...

Sad that this group got messed up because of the business of music.

silence dogood (catcher), Thursday, 20 July 2006 21:30 (fifteen years ago) link

they'd peaked years ago regardless

Rev. PappaWheelie (PappaWheelie 2), Thursday, 20 July 2006 21:32 (fifteen years ago) link

TRUDAT

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 20 July 2006 21:46 (fifteen years ago) link

it's kinda crazy phife dawg would put his solo career on hold for something like this

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 20 July 2006 21:46 (fifteen years ago) link

heh.

paulhw (paulhw), Thursday, 20 July 2006 22:39 (fifteen years ago) link

You know, looking back, "Breathe and Stop" was rubbish.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Thursday, 20 July 2006 22:51 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, but "Let's Ride" is beyond classic.

Rev. PappaWheelie (PappaWheelie 2), Thursday, 20 July 2006 23:47 (fifteen years ago) link

As is "Vi-va-vi-va-vivrant thang"

The new Lupe Fiasco/Neptunes song sounds totally like the Q-Tip solo album.

It's Rodney, currently unemployed! (R. J. Greene), Friday, 21 July 2006 05:19 (fifteen years ago) link

relax yourslef girl, please settle down

Dr J Bowman (Dr J Bowman), Friday, 21 July 2006 06:12 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...

i had a dream that the most recent episode of the wire (which i still havent seen) was all about a tribe called quest. kind of from their secret origins to the last album. and it ended with them handing in "the love movement" to the record label and q-tip / me (cuz i'm always the protagonist in my dreams) announces at the end of the episode, kind of spontaneously, "this will be our last album!" and shocks everyone

s1ocki, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:08 (thirteen years ago) link

wtf dude

Alex in Baltimore, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:10 (thirteen years ago) link

i know. and they spent most of their time in this really fancy open-concept record label office. and something about a monster in the forest?

s1ocki, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:17 (thirteen years ago) link

how is that even an episode of The Wire!? like they run "Way Down In The Hole" and the opening credits and then, boom, Q-Tip contract negotiations and the fuckin' Cloverfield monster?

Alex in Baltimore, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:39 (thirteen years ago) link

i think at the end there was a scene with mcnulty. i was like 'oh shit, i just realized this whole episode is just about tribe! crazy concept episode!'

s1ocki, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:39 (thirteen years ago) link

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v662/cerberus314/thatsracist.gif

gabbneb, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:48 (thirteen years ago) link

...

s1ocki, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:48 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah that's gotta some real flubbed comedy gif placement there, i don't even get it.

Alex in Baltimore, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 16:47 (thirteen years ago) link

gabbneb explain yourself

s1ocki, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 17:00 (thirteen years ago) link

the gabbneb device is malfunctioning

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 17:22 (thirteen years ago) link

could it be payback for this:

thatsracist.jpg

-- gabbneb, Thursday, September 27, 2007 4:27 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Link

it's a GIF

-- s1ocki, Friday, September 28, 2007 12:07 AM (4 months ago) Bookmark Link

s1ocki, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 17:23 (thirteen years ago) link

well met, gabbneb

max, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 17:27 (thirteen years ago) link

http://www.savage1.com/Sweet%20Revenge%202.0.jpg

s1ocki, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 17:29 (thirteen years ago) link

still waiting for answers

s1ocki, Wednesday, 30 January 2008 18:55 (thirteen years ago) link

WHAT HAPPENED HERE.

s1ocki, Thursday, 31 January 2008 07:06 (thirteen years ago) link

thatsrosebud.gif

Alex in Baltimore, Thursday, 31 January 2008 07:27 (thirteen years ago) link

all canadians look alike

jaxon, Thursday, 31 January 2008 07:28 (thirteen years ago) link

great revive

gr8080, Thursday, 31 January 2008 07:34 (thirteen years ago) link

lololol

deej, Thursday, 31 January 2008 08:52 (thirteen years ago) link

the real episode is bound to be a letdown (not to mention my fuckin coworker already spoiled it for me)

s1ocki, Thursday, 31 January 2008 21:44 (thirteen years ago) link

next time revive the dreams thread, not the tribe thread, breaux

gabbneb, Thursday, 31 January 2008 21:45 (thirteen years ago) link

lololololololololololololololololol

HI DERE, Thursday, 31 January 2008 21:49 (thirteen years ago) link

next time revive the dreams thread, not the tribe thread, breaux

-- gabbneb, Thursday, January 31, 2008 9:45 PM (14 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

did i just get put in my place by the gabbenator??

s1ocki, Thursday, 31 January 2008 22:01 (thirteen years ago) link

I think you as a matter of fact yeah

The Reverend, Friday, 1 February 2008 01:21 (thirteen years ago) link

you think i what?

s1ocki, Friday, 1 February 2008 05:09 (thirteen years ago) link

People We Like

gr8080, Friday, 1 February 2008 05:34 (thirteen years ago) link

"this will be our last album"

"..."

*ta-ta-tah-tah-tah-taaahhhhh*

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 1 February 2008 06:00 (thirteen years ago) link

they handed it in on this weird piece of metal, like it was on a usb stick but it looked like a piece of jewelry.

s1ocki, Friday, 1 February 2008 06:26 (thirteen years ago) link

two years pass...

new documentary by michael rappaport!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__2hzD3gNVw&feature=player_embedded

kl0pper city in the ghetto (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 1 December 2010 18:02 (eleven years ago) link

I was really hoping for more seasons of The War at Home.

Lazarus Niles-Burnham (res), Wednesday, 1 December 2010 18:44 (eleven years ago) link

i didn't know jarobi was back with them, i always wondered what his role was in the group. hope there's at least some on him and not all phife vs. tip drama

EIEIoOoOO (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 1 December 2010 18:47 (eleven years ago) link

was really hoping for final cut footage of slocki's dream (w/ gabbneb commentary track)

(ㅅ) (am0n), Wednesday, 1 December 2010 18:49 (eleven years ago) link

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/41/Phife-dawg-jm3-funyons.jpg

nglish: photo of Malik Taylor / Phife Dawg while eating Funyuns™

Julian Osage Orange (kkvgz), Wednesday, 1 December 2010 18:50 (eleven years ago) link

man gabbneb was the fukkin worst

BIG MUFFIN (gbx), Wednesday, 1 December 2010 18:52 (eleven years ago) link

I've been looking forward to a summer with this album. Why not start today?

geoffreyess, Thursday, 1 June 2017 20:35 (four years ago) link

yes!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 1 June 2017 20:38 (four years ago) link

shit bangs

Οὖτις, Thursday, 1 June 2017 20:39 (four years ago) link

WE GOT TO GET OUR SHIT TOGETHER

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 1 June 2017 21:20 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

This album is a goddamn miracle

Οὖτις, Saturday, 30 September 2017 03:04 (four years ago) link

^^^

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 30 September 2017 03:09 (four years ago) link

Yes.

Dr Keith Assblow (stevie), Sunday, 1 October 2017 09:26 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

https://vimeo.com/201470063

fpsa, Wednesday, 4 August 2021 04:24 (three months ago) link

been listening to this album again for the first time in awhile and goddam it holds up

Same! Even some of the tracks I'd usually skip are decent.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 4 August 2021 17:46 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

https://img.discogs.com/P9aedSoLvJdpgKeRt1KPBVM0MgM=/fit-in/600x584/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-9577362-1494735428-6791.png.jpg

5 years ago today. one of the most timely releases in my life! this shit hit just right

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 11 November 2021 19:25 (three weeks ago) link

This won “Best international album” at the Brits, that year.

It was somewhat glossed over on the tv coverage. To be fair, there were some unassailable reasons for that, but a bit more detail and some music from it would have been nice.

Mark G, Thursday, 11 November 2021 19:42 (three weeks ago) link

What were the reasons?

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Thursday, 11 November 2021 21:21 (three weeks ago) link

it's still scarcely believable how good this turned out

imago, Thursday, 11 November 2021 21:42 (three weeks ago) link

in the context of a comeback, not in context of how good they were before

imago, Thursday, 11 November 2021 21:42 (three weeks ago) link

"We Got It from Here..." is easily in their top three best albums, and I will die on this hill.

Lone Wanderer Mark II, Thursday, 11 November 2021 23:48 (three weeks ago) link

Low End > Midnight > We Got It

Checks out.

Low End is so clearly inferior to the other two, as a relative newcomer, imo

imago, Friday, 12 November 2021 11:28 (two weeks ago) link

Hard disagree, as someone who grew up on them!

I'm giving We Got It From Here another listen and yes it's fantastic.

I'm not sure why I haven't listened to it more. Maybe when it came out the vocals felt low in the mix to me or something?

Tracer Hand, Friday, 12 November 2021 12:24 (two weeks ago) link

Low End is the best one wtf xxpost

"Scenario", "Excursions", "Buggin' Out".....

Cool Im An Situation (Neanderthal), Friday, 12 November 2021 13:45 (two weeks ago) link

NOT NO PARKAY, NOT NO MARJARINE
STRICTLY BUTTER BABY, STRICTLY BUTTER

Low End is the best one

otm

it's impossible to overrate.

the reunion album, while i do agree it was an inspiring miracle that it happened, was solidly decent and nothing more. if it was reviewed in the source magazine in 1995, it would have received four mics and i would have agreed with that.

now, midnight marauders on the other hand, that fucking album is overrated without merit. it's still good, and a hiphop classic, but it's not even the group's best album.

the beginning of the end of discourse. (Austin), Friday, 12 November 2021 15:06 (two weeks ago) link

midnight marauders and low end are very close, i prefer marauders but don’t really get worked up if someone prefers low end theory.

we got it from here is a five mic-er in my mind, but then again the source gave project pat’s ghetto green 2.5 mics so what do they know

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Friday, 12 November 2021 15:16 (two weeks ago) link

now, keep in mind, i'm time traveling with my source magazine ratings to a period when their ratings a) were fairly accurate and b) weren't reacting against anything except how they felt about the album being reviewed.

i think there's two firm tribe opinions that we can all agree on: 1) they were fucking rad and 2) that was a shame about the love movement, wasn't it?

the beginning of the end of discourse. (Austin), Friday, 12 November 2021 15:23 (two weeks ago) link

haha OTM

talkin' about his flat tire (DJP), Friday, 12 November 2021 16:49 (two weeks ago) link

There's a great album lurking somewhere within The Love Movement but that certainly isn't what we got

talkin' about his flat tire (DJP), Friday, 12 November 2021 16:50 (two weeks ago) link

that's the only one I haven't heard to date.

I even like Beats, Rhymes, and Life a lot. doesn't quite hit the highs of the previous two, but it has "Stressed Out" on it, and "Phony Rappers".

also Consequence!

Cool Im An Situation (Neanderthal), Friday, 12 November 2021 16:52 (two weeks ago) link

"Start It Up" and "Find A Way" are great, and then comes the creeping realization that nothing else on the album is going to be monochromatic refractions of those two songs with little to no percussive or melodic variation (aside from "Like It Like That") (I'm not including bonus tracks here, obv; the Spotify version elevates dramatically at "Scenario (remix)" and leaves you wondering why they put all of that bland beige shit on the album proper)

talkin' about his flat tire (DJP), Friday, 12 November 2021 16:56 (two weeks ago) link

Nobody’s mentioned “Peoples instinctive travels” etc..

I have personal reasons for that one being my fav, and the best,etc.

Still though…..l

Mark G, Friday, 12 November 2021 17:02 (two weeks ago) link

"Left My Wallet in El Segundo" is nice. it's good overall, but I feel like it's a mega leap from that to LET which is why it gets forgotten.

"Bonita Applebum" also classic

Cool Im An Situation (Neanderthal), Friday, 12 November 2021 17:03 (two weeks ago) link

"There's a great album lurking somewhere within The Love Movement "

Great EP I'd say

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 12 November 2021 17:09 (two weeks ago) link

"Find My Way" bumps. The rest -- well, I've tried.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 12 November 2021 17:46 (two weeks ago) link

Nobody’s mentioned “Peoples instinctive travels” etc..

I have personal reasons for that one being my fav, and the best,etc.

Still though…..l

Yeah the first three albums are all great, and We Got It From Here too, that was miraculous. Low End is still my favorite of the four, and I'd probably place We Got It From Here second - it's the only one I got to know when it came out, and given that moment in time & history, it feels all the more powerful.

They even made the 2017 Grammys memorable (at least for their performance):

https://vimeo.com/302978618

birdistheword, Friday, 12 November 2021 18:14 (two weeks ago) link

LET has always been my favorite as well. I’ve always found it odd that people rank MM above it, which feels like thinking Stankonia is better than Aquemini or something

Chappies banging dustbin lids together (President Keyes), Friday, 12 November 2021 18:23 (two weeks ago) link

In my head the production on Low End is really sparse compared to Marauders, which makes me question why I like it more. But then I listen to it and am reminded. Marauders actually feels a little overproduced by comparison

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Friday, 12 November 2021 18:56 (two weeks ago) link

It's splitting hairs for me but I prefer MM just because that's my peak era of hip hop production & engineering. LET set the bar and MM refined it. It's just a liiil more dense sonically yet still tight/focused. There's lil things popping into the mix or happening in the background which doesn't really happen in LET.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 12 November 2021 18:58 (two weeks ago) link

Also prob biased because "Scenario" was never my fav to begin with and it's v played out, never need to hear it again

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 12 November 2021 18:59 (two weeks ago) link

'overproduced' is a criticism that usually means I'll like something, lol

imago, Friday, 12 November 2021 19:12 (two weeks ago) link

LET has always been my favorite as well. I’ve always found it odd that people rank MM above it, which feels like thinking Stankonia is better than Aquemini or something

Hah, I think Low End is Tribe's best and would call Stankonia OutKast's best.

birdistheword, Friday, 12 November 2021 19:43 (two weeks ago) link

Song for song I’ll take MM, there is not a bad track imo. As for LET you have songs like Rap Promoter and ..show businesses. Perhaps LET has the higher highs

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 12 November 2021 20:02 (two weeks ago) link

Not like we haven’t gone through this exercise countless times lol

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 12 November 2021 20:05 (two weeks ago) link

re: beats, rhymes & life and the love movement

i usually kind of think of br&l as even with midnight marauders. not because of anything other than i like them about the same. to me they're both 4.5-5 mic classics and i have never understood why br&l was considered disappointing. of course, i bought them at the same time (br&l's release date, to be exact) so i heard them both for first the time basically back to back. br&l was a smoother, slicker sound but to me it felt like the next logical step. i have always considered it classic, if for nothing else than it confirmed for me that dilla ("jay dee" / "the ummah" when working with q-tip at the time, of course) was THE guy to check for in the liner notes.

tlm was legitimately disappointing. songs with nore? really???? some solid beats, but yeah it felt like where the slickness of br&l was in line with the vibe, on tlm it was just . . . so *meh*. that said: "find a way", "like it like that", and "the love" are all top tier tribe and i would easily include them in a "best of" set. 3 mics, tops. and even that's generous. i never really counted the tracks after "rock rock ya'll" because they were all from older 12" singles, but they're all pretty much classic songs (except "money maker", which was just another disappointing new track).

trivia time:
tlm was released the same day as aquemini. talk about passing the torch. anyway, i've always just assumed andre's verse on "rosa parks" was about the br&l disappointment backlash (`kinda sour cause my favorite group ain't comin' widdit`). wonder what he thought of the love movement.

the beginning of the end of discourse. (Austin), Friday, 12 November 2021 20:29 (two weeks ago) link

BR&L has too many mid tempo moments for me to embrace.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 12 November 2021 21:13 (two weeks ago) link

📹
There's a great album lurking somewhere within The Love Movement but that certainly isn't what we got


Hells yes agree 100%. Also I really loved the instrumental on there, For Moms.

LET is my fav Tribe LP but Electric relaxation might be my fav Tribe jam. After Hours is the best jam off the debut.

2nd the love for the instrumental

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 12 November 2021 23:30 (two weeks ago) link

haven't listened to TLM for such a long time, bought the fancy 3LP version the day it came out. I tried to love it but it never clicked outside of Find A Way (helped by the fact I already liked the Bebel/Towa Tei track it samples from). MM is my fav, that opening salvo of Biko and Award Tour never fails to make me smile.

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 12 November 2021 23:42 (two weeks ago) link

The old lady saw us on the lawn with the Henny
Turn the pool party into the one from McKinney
Might've been racist like the waitresses up in Denny’s
Swore we had twelve gauges, automatics, and semis
Now they wanna condemn me for my freedom of speech
'Cause I see things in black and white like Lisa and Screech
Presidents get impeached and others fill in the throne
But veterans don’t get the benefit of feelin' at home

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 19 November 2021 18:03 (one week ago) link

Was watching the Tribe doc again last night and had forgotten they'd done this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZrK39H5zp4


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