Sundays with A Tribe Called Quest: Vol. 1

I’ve been meaning to start some arbitrary weekly feature for some time now, and I came to the decision that every Sunday I will now post something related to A Tribe Called Quest, if only because the group is one of my all-time favorites (Midnight Marauders is desert-island disc material) and, really, do I need another reason? Anyway, we gotta educate the young’ens, right? So check back every Sunday for songs, videos, remixes, whatever. We’ll see how deep my Tribe catalog is. And if anyone has some Tribe goodies to share, holler at me.

If there was some sort of sign that I should begin this feature, it came to me on Saturday night. Earlier in the day I was browsing The Meaning of Dope (a must for you hip-hop fans) when I came across a video of A Tribe Called Quest performing Check the Rhime on In Living Color.

Well, on Saturday night, I was working the Mariners-Padres game for work. While listening to the San Diego feed on, Check the Rhime was played on a fade into a commercial break. Coincidence? I think not.

Without question, Check the Rhime probably is one of the best examples of interplay between Q-Tip and Phife in its sort of call-and-response format – “You on point, Phife?” / “All the time, Tip.”

More important is one of the most well-known and cited lines in Tribe lore. Even 17 years later, no truer words have been spoken: “Industry rule No. 4080, record company people are shady.”

Peep the video. And check out Q-Tip: Could he be any more of a front-runner with the Yankees jersey and Braves hat? Damn.

(B-sides from promo CD single.)

Here’s a list, via the Breaks, of samples used in Check the Rhime. And the lyrics via (Original Hip-Hop Lyrics Archive).

3 thoughts on “Sundays with A Tribe Called Quest: Vol. 1”

  1. i have been looking for Skeff Anselm’s remix of this song for fifteen years now- haven’t been able to find it anywhere. Much thanks for digging it up and making it available to hear agin!

  2. this is my all-time fave. this was out my senior year of high school! luvs it!

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