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The Up-Turn

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Hip-hop has changed a lot in the past 20 years.  The music being made today by acts such as Kanye West, Odd Future and Lil’ Wayne sounds completely different than the hip-hop from the late 80s and 90s.  In the early 90s hip-hop was still establishing itself as a real genre that deserved the same respect and attention that rock had been receiving.  As a result two young MC’s named Q-Tip and Phife Dawg started making hip-hop as A Tribe Called Quest.  The Tribe used jazz samples for their beats which were made by third member Ali Shaheed Muhammad.  The beats were bass heavy and a lot more laid back than the beats being used today.  Understated beats allowed Phife and Q-Tip’s lyrics to take the forefront of songs and they soon developed a strong following for their amazing and witty lyrics.

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Today A Tribe Called Quest are considered to be pioneers in hip-hop’s history.  Q-Tip and Phife hold the highest respect among veteran MC’s and many of their songs are considered hip-hop classics.  Their short 8 years as a group produced 5 albums and universal acclaim from both indie media sources like Pitchfork and mainstream publications like VH1.  They are a group that cannot be ignored and many rapper’s today owe a lot to Q-Tip and Phife for helping hip-hop gain the respect it now holds.


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