If you’ve been following the site for the last few months, you’ve probably discovered that I regard A Tribe Called Quest to be only of the best acts within Hip-Hop, and for good reason.Their beats were like no other at the time, blending in boop bap with a jazzy flair, while their potent, double entendre style rhymes have broken the groud one too many times (I may not remember a lot of events in my life, but after hearing Phife Dawg‘s legendary “Yo” at the beginning of Buggin’ Out,” I knew these guys were worth following. Everyone from Kanye West to Kidz in the Hall have referenced the group; today we’ve decided to look back at “Find a Way” from the vastly slept on The Love Movement.
I know what you’re thinking, why didn’t we choose something from the legendary Low End Theory or Midnight Marauders? While both albums were essentials in the development of what was the Golden Era of Hip Hop, The Love Movement,Tribe’s final album (unless Jive demands another project from the group) had the Queen’s artists going off with a final bang before going their separate ways, a bang that was sadly shadowed by the monumental success of their second and third albums. Even those who aren’t that familiar with Tribe know at least a few singles from TLET & MM, but how many of y’all went down with The Love Movement?
Besides blindsiding the listener with some bass pounding instrumentals juxtaposed with Q-Tip‘s smooth delivery and Phife Dawg’s raspy bars, the track had that old school Tribe feel. The song doesn’t have any esoteric qualities; it’s all about Tip and the 5ft. Assassin trading bars about getting teased by the females around them. More importantly, the album featured the development of the supergroup The Ummah, which, besides Tip & Ali Shaheed Muhammad, showcasing the young J Dilla, a producer who would soon become hailed as being one of the best beat makers of our time.Check the track out down below and take a moment to reminisce the very underrated masterpiece.