Go Ahead in the Rain

Go Ahead in the Rain

Notes to A Tribe Called Quest

Paperback - 2019
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"How does one pay homage to A Tribe Called Quest? The seminal rap group brought jazz into the genre, resurrecting timeless rhythms to create masterpieces such as The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders. Seventeen years after their last album, they resurrected themselves with an intense, socially conscious record, We Got It from Here . . . Thank You 4 Your Service, which arrived when fans needed it most, in the aftermath of the 2016 election. Poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib digs into the group's history and draws from his own experience to reflect on how its distinctive sound resonated among fans like himself."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781477316481
Characteristics: 207 pages ; 19 cm.


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2019 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, Criticism

Abdurraqib's intimate book on Tribe Called Quest, a 90s hip-hop group ahead of their time, charts Tribe's initial rise and fall and surprising comeback in 2016. It's also interspersed with personal letters to the group's members and reflections on Adburraqib's own musical coming of age. Two kids ... Read More »

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Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Nov 21, 2019

Not to say they don’t exist, but I've never read a book quite like this, one where the writer (so talented) uses a tribute (so heartfelt) to his favorite group as a lens to explore hip hop, family, community, and politics. It was fun and informative. One thing was missing, though- consideration of the presence of homophobia and misogyny in some of their early work and their evolution over the last three decades. Knocking off some stars for that. As a Tribe fan, though, I really enjoyed this one. Not sure about the appeal to those who are not.

Jun 19, 2019

"Can I kick it? Yes, you can."
In the follow up to his acclaimed collection of essays (many about music), Hanif Abdurraqib writes a "love letter" to the seminal New York rap group A Tribe Called Quest. Formed in Queens in the 80s, they were a key force in what is often considered the genre's golden age and part of a loose collective called Native Tongues, which included other icons like De La Soul, the Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah, and Black Sleep. They released 5 albums in the 90s, many of them classics, before an acrimonious break up at the end of the decade. Q-Tip remained active and they occasionally reunited for shows but wouldn't release any new music until 2016. Their triumphant return was undermined by the untimely death of founding member Phife Dawg. All to say, there's a lot of drama to their story and there was already a documentary about them. Abdurraqib writes as a fan and offers an engaging snapshot of the era and Tribe's peers/contemporaries like Wu-Tang, Dr. Dre, and J Dilla. As in his previous book, Abdurraqib weaves in autobiographical elements and critical observations. Even the casual hip-hop fan will appreciate it.


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