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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