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In this talk at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy, Q-Tip discussed standout Tribe cuts, working with J Dilla, the Zulu Nation, and much more.
Q-Tip is one of hip-hop's greatest MCs and producers. As a member of A Tribe Called Quest, he helped to shape the sound of hip-hop throughout the ’90s.
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A Tribe Called Quest's exceptional run of full-lengths became a blueprint for MCs looking to balance the literate and the absurd, as well as producers searching for the perfect (and unexpected) break.
Since Tribe’s split in 1998, Q-Tip has kept busy with a solo career that has included multiple solo albums, countless productions, and guest appearances in places both expected (Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, and Jay-Z) and improbable (Chemical Brothers, R.E.M.).
6:36 – Producing
24:21 – Zulu Nation
28:58 – People’s Instinctive Travels
35:29 – Low End Theory
48:28 – Nas and Mobb Deep
59:55 – J Dilla
1:22 – Q-Tip – “Gettin' Up” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kjZgf2uYSk
11:36 – Karen Young – “Hot Shot” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5TlpUF2GGw
17:23 – Spoonie Gee & The Treacherous Three – “The New Rap Language” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IydP1lUzFWQ
19:51 – Jungle Brothers – “The Promo” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0LlYnokkEQ
32:24 – A Tribe Called Quest – “Youthful Expression” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLqIXu35yls
38:59 – Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – “A Chant For Bu” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7jghWaAgLM
40:14 – A Tribe Called Quest – “Excursions” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZWS6CITutY
50:41 – Nas – “Memory Lane” Demo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDJ3DMlcfts
53:49 – Mobb Deep – “Give Up The Goods (Just Step)” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-LB6jkCGog
1:28:15 – Isaac Hayes loop
1:35:27 – Q-Tip feat. Norah Jones – “Life Is Better” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMIs3WYLZbY
1:38:26 – Kanye West – “Mama’s Boyfriend”
1:41:19 – unknown demo
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