A Tribe Called Quest: 20 Essential Songs

R.I.P. Phife Dawg: Revisit pioneering New York rap crew's best tracks

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"Award Tour" (1993)

The first single on Midnight Marauders is pure celebration, finding Tribe and their buddy Trugoy from De La Soul in a glorious Native Tongues victory lap, from Brooklyn and Queens to London, Tokyo and beyond. Phife Dawg just about bursts out of the speakers — "[sliding] in the place/Buddy, buddy, buddy, all up in your face" — sounding live and lovable even when he's telling the listener to call him “Dyna-Mutt.” "Award Tour" is a high point in the career of a man with a track record longer than a DC-20 aircraft. 

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