Sundays with A Tribe Called Quest: Vol. 20

So I ripped through the 33 1/3 book on People’s Instinctive Travels and Paths of Rhythm last week. It was a very personal and authoritative look at an album that probably doesn’t get as much credit as it deserves. I’m actually lining up a Q&A with the author, Shawn Taylor, that I’ll post here, so stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, the book inspired me to go back to the album for some of the things I might have missed that Taylor describes with great zeal. Luckily, I found this great video of Tribe performing Can I Kick It? – probably one of the album’s best-known cuts – at the Apollo (via The Meaning of Dope).

I’m not sure when this was filmed, but it’s at least interesting to note that Tribe already ditched the Afro-inspired wardrobe, a vibe that seemed very prominent on the album and in the Native Tongues movement in general. We can only hope Sinbad burned that blouse shirt he’s wearing here.

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