Amidst today's rap realm full of its fair share of one-hit quitters and larger-than-life personalities, it's easy to forget where the artform came from. That's why it's beautiful for a nostalgic hip-hopper like yours truly to come across well-intended throwback creations that transcend the day-to-day updates bombarding my inbox.
Mucho props to DJ Definit for his vision with A Lounge Called Quest and I know I'll lay back and relax after hitting the gym after work with this mixtape loaded on my iTunes.
I'll let his words speak for themsevles about why he made this mix of jams from Tribe Called Quest, Common, Little Brother, Talib Kweli, Busta Rhymes and many more..
"Experiencing the dissolution of A Tribe Called Quest was an emotion experience for me, how could they possibly end something so great? Their music was effortlessly perfect; "Bonita Applebum" took only an hour to complete, "Scenario" took two hours, and "Check the Rhime" took about 3 sessions (Q-Tip, The Source '99). Their watery landscape and drum manipulation (by using just 1/4 of a break loop) influenced a whole new style of beat making. Tribe single-handedly elevated the musicality of hip-hop without playing a single note. They were also one of the most influential...
Like myself, the artists on this album were musically influenced & emotionally inspired by the artistry of A Tribe Called Quest and will forever keep Tribe's spirit alive.