Upon first hearing one of the tribe's tracks on the internet, i had to buy one of their albums, just to see if this brilliant track was just a one-off or a regular trademark of the musically-inclined trio. When I bought this album, the latter happened, and to my suprise, hear was a hip-hop group worth listenin to.
So Where would you like to start? shall we start on the beats? Everyone of the tracks tastes of super-cool, Jazz-meets-now, a living fingerprint of the time spent trawling through 50's jazz, and unlike most of today's near-miss artists, The Tribe hits the bullseye. Tracks Like "Keeping It Moving" show us that whatever musical genre they dip their sticky sampling fingers into, they still pull out a genuine Quest sound, and it sounds like Hip-Hop, wherever it originated.
And The Rhymes?? What else would you expect? Q-tip's lyrically canny as usual, using the unusual rhyme patterns and content associated with himself. He sounds lazy, yet cool, stupid, yet intellectual, a living perplexion which is a joy to hear. Phife's pure agression and clean-cut sound also add another ingredient to the recipe, providing that blend of agression, cool and just all-round funk that makes you, by just listening to this album, a cut above your usual stereotypical rap thug.
The album's title says it all, this album becomes a part of your life. It reflects moods, party atmosphere, and that perspective of 1990's black america. If rap groups take steps to improve the genre, then the quest takes giant strides, smashing it's heritage with a kind of arrogance only found with A Tribe Called Quest.
So the answer you're looking for? Yes, click the "buy" button!