Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) @ Plan B - Saturday 15th September


Having had a huge part in some of the best Hip-Hop albums ever recorded the Brooklyn native is a master on the turntables and keeps the party moving all night spinning with the soulful sounds you would expect of someone responsible for forming The Ummah alongside J-Dilla & Q-Tip and later Lucy Pearl.

With the UK DVD release of Michael Rapaport’s award winning documentary on A Tribe Called Quest through Soda Pictures in September Tribe and it’s members are once again back in the spotlight and Ali is back for what is sure to be another great party. This is set to be one hell of a party so make sure you do not miss out!

Date: Saturday 15th September 2012, 10pm – 4am
Venue: Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, London SW9
Advance tickets: £8 party only // £15 Party & DVD

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Mick Boogie-Rarities and Remixes of A Tribe Called Quest


ATCQ are the ultimate hip-hop summer group. So much so that every summer I find myself creating a ‘Best of a ATCQ’ playlist which I bump over and over. Boogie came through a little late for me with this one, but hopefully not for the rest of you. This is absolutely perfect for casual, laid-back listening and for those of you unfamiliar it’s a superb introduction to those Jazzy signature sounds of A Tribe Called Quest.

“A Tribe Called Quest is one of my favorite groups of all time… in any genre of music. After seeing Michael Rapaport’s amazing documentary on the group, I felt inspired to put together a mix and this is the end result. This is NOT a greatest hits mix. This mix is for the true Tribe fans only… the die-hards who know every lyric and remember every interlude. I thought it would be cool to basically create the “lost” Tribe album… with all the rare songs, demos, limited-edition remixes, and collaborations you may have missed over the years. I hope when you enjoy this as much as I do, and hear some things you have never heard before.”

Listen and download for free here.

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Mick Boogie-93 Til’ Infinity Mix


Apologies for the lateness: I didn’t know it existed until I saw an email from Mick earlier!

“Mick Boogie, known for his eclectic DJ sets and amazing mixtapes, is also an avid basketball fan and a video game junkie. With the recent return of the classic 90’s arcade game NBA JAM (now refreshed and remixed for 2010), Mick was inspired to put together a mixtape of classic and rare 90’s remixes that serve as the soundtrack to where we were back in the day.  Being that NBA JAM dropped in 93, Mick’s decision to call the mix “93 Til’ Infinity” was the only appropriate choice! In addition to the mixtape, Mick collaborated with vintage t-shirt designers Homage to create a limited edition NBA JAM/93 Til Infinity inspired tee to celebrate the release of this mix and the videogame.  You can find the shirt here”.

You can grab the mixtape here, and view the tracklist after the jump below.
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A Tribe Called Quest @ Rock The Bells [Live]

If you didn’t know, Rock The Bells this year had a ‘classic’ theme so after Wu Tang performed 36 Chambers in its entirety, ATCQ stepped up to perform their 1993 classic: Midnight Marauders.

I’m eagerly awaiting the footage, but apparently the crowd went even wilder when they brought Busta out to perform his part of Scenario.

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Quick Throwback: A Tribe Called Quest


Just because the sunny weather in the UK may have gone missing recently, doesn’t mean we can’t all enjoy some classic chilled out tunes in preparation for its return.

What better way than to kick back (see what I did there?) with A Tribe Called Quest’s arguably most famous track Can I Kick It?

Sampling Lou Reed’s Walk On The Wild Side Tribe add some hip-hop flavour and the rest is history. Enjoy.

A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?

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Throwback Thursdays Vol 21

Providing hip-hop with a late Golden Era resurgence saw the Native Tongues affiliated Black Sheep burst onto the scene fall of 1991 with their classic record A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing.

Sheep took the critics by storm and were praised for their humorous and creative content. They were one of the first acts to parody gangsta rap in the amusing U Mean I’m Not and the duo provide a refreshing throwback to a time when hip-hop was fun and before the dark undertone of street life set by later East Coast work.

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Throwback Thursdays Vol 15

A Tribe Called Quest has a prominent, and often overlooked, place in hip-hop history. Alongside De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest (heron referred to as ATCQ) formed part of the Native Tongues satisfying the industry with their positive-minded, afrocentric lyricism and electric-sampled and jazz-influenced beats.

Rapper Phife Dawg, producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad and all-rounder Q-Tip’s fourth effort spawned Beats, Rhymes and Life (1996); their darkest album to date in terms of concept and unlike their previous releases, was tentatively received by critics. Although BRAL won’t be recognised in the same category as The Low End Theory (1991), Midnight Marauders (1993) or People’s Instinctive Travels and The Paths of Rhythm (1990) (try saying that when you’re drunk), the album is significant in a number of ways… → Continue Reading

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