1. A Tribe Called Quest and the 25th Anniversary of ‘People’s Instinctive Travels & The Paths of Rhythm’ by Harry Allen.

    Liner Notes by The Media Assassin.

    Harry Allen writes: “I don’t think that, in the beginning, we were necessarily chasing other rappers,” one-time Tribe vocalist Jarobi says, when asked to explain their approach to making records. “I think we were chasing guys like Prince, Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire. We were chasing a musical aesthetic, not a ‘street life’ aesthetic. So, I think that left our music being kind of… just music.”

    But not “just” music. In the simplest terms, what A Tribe Called Quest did to hip-hop was help widen its sonic vocabulary; the instrumentation, timbres, rhythms, and textures one heard when listening to hip-hop music.

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