Tribal Showdown

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This post got re-sparked by Fave of the Friday Favecast and EJ Flavors of Ejflavors.com (Old School Wednesdays, y’all) on Twitter. I say re-sparked because I’ve had this self same conversation with people for years. Hell, I have a co-worker with whom I STILL go through it with every now and then. If you are a Hip Hop lover, it has to have come up at least once. What it basically boiled down to was one question: “What was your favorite A Tribe Called Quest album”? Everyone has their favorites. Most, like me are split between two. Not sure if anyone but me disregards the last couple of albums, but hey. Anyway, That is where this post comes in. If you are a Tribe fan from way back, I want to know what your favorite album is. If you don’t know who this is, consider this a ATCQ primer. So, I would like to know the answer to this pressing question. If you aren’t so versed in the Tribe or need a refresher, then here is where you will get it.

It breaks down like this:

5 albums. 3 videos (or links) a piece*. The videos that are embedded are either the a single or the ones I like. 🙂

People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990)

I Left My Wallet in El Segundo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpPkGZ6zhzA

Bonita Applebaum
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46c8AqzjLCg

Can I Kick It

Low End Theory (1991)

Check the Rhime
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRrM6tfOHds

Jazz (we got) / Buggin’ Out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_-4GFV7uTE

Scenario

Midnight Marauders (1993)

Award Tour

Electric Relaxation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERQzl4xDpXk

Oh My God
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35oNDO7VrJI

I guess if you must count these, then go ahead. 🙂

Beats, Rhymes, and Life (1996)

1nce again

Jam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U8fQ7mrVIQ

Stressed Out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6CfC3Iax-Q

The Love Movement (1998) **

Start It Up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrkBM1p2n3Y

Find A Way

Hot Sex on a Platter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw-tANVjUF8

Alright, folks, have at it. I should point out that this post is why I LOVE Twitter. Conversations break out at a moment’s notice (Plus, getting a blog post out of the deal is cool, too). 😉

And whatever happened to Jarobi the rhythm Provider?
Maybe some light is shed here:

A Tribe Called Quest interview (1998) Pt. 1
A Tribe Called Quest interview (1998) Pt. 2
A Tribe Called Quest interview (1998) Pt. 3
A Tribe Called Quest interview (1998) Pt. 4

* – Links put instead of the videos because this gets to be unruly. There are a lot video to go through.

** – Kinda hard to find videos for an album that was phoned in & packed with b-sides & whatnot. Not trying to say anything

Heed the words of the Brother (Still)

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Here’s the nine…

I must be slippin’ in my old age. I can’t believe I missed this. Last night, I was listening to and catching up on “On The Real” w/ Chuck D when I heard that he was talking to Brother J from the X-Clan. Come to find out that not only that X-clan and Public Enemy are now on tour, but X-clan has a new album coming out in January (the 30th from what I see).

If you don’t know X-Clan is a Hip Hop group from the 90’s and the “face” of the Blackwatch Movement (which is still active) started by group member and Activist Lumumba “Professor X the Overseer” Carson, son of civil rights activist Sonny Carson. Their first album, “To the East, Blackwards”, is classic material and their second album, “Xodus”, was more of the same. They spoke a message of pro black radicalism not totally unlike aforementioned Public Enemy. Brother J, the lead and pretty much only, MC was and still is regarded as one of the nicest on the mic. Ok, I don’t remember if he made the list, but I think he should have if he hasn’t. X-Clan helped popularize the beads and black medalions (the “afrocentric look” as would be said nowadays) that were widely worn (I hate to say fashionable, but that’s what it seemed to be) when they came out. They didn’t seem to be doing it for fashion sake, but because of what they believed in and that’s part of why they are one of my favorite groups.

The group consisted of the before mentioned Brother J and Professor X (points if you can tell what that was in reference to), DJ Sugar Shaft, Paradise (not sure what he did), and Lady MC’s Queen Mother Rage (not to be confused with Lady of Rage) and Isis, AKA Lin Que. Professor X died earlier this year, and Sugar Shaft died some years ago. Of that group, Brother J and Paradise are what’s left. I have now idea what Queen Mother Rage is doing and Lin Que was, at one pint down with the Wu Tang offshoot crew, the Deadly Venoms.

Anyway, you can read all of that elsewhere. Right now, you should check out the new video, “Weapon X” below. It’s hot, personally. I’m a little biased, granted, but it is good and Brother J proves he’s still nice with his.

And if you want to check out X-Clan, here is their website:

X-Clan Music

And their Myspace page:

www.myspace.com/Xclanmusic

More videos:

Funkin’ Lesson

Heed the word of the Brother

Xodus

Oh, and by the way, this is still protected by the Red, the Black, and the Green, SISSIES!!
(Hey, the prof’s not here to do it so someone had to)

Vanglorious!