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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Jungle Brothers, "Doin' Our Own Dang" feat. De La Soul, Monie Love, A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah (1989)

Before Tribe dropped their debut album, every Q-Tip appearance on a Native Tongues track was an event, and his contribution to this partying posse cut was no exception. Tip doesn't jump on the beat like a hungry upstart. Instead, he eases in with his first line — a coolly contemplative "A tree is growing" — then gets faster and fancier as he rhymes. He doesn't dominate the track, because that's not what Native Tongues was all about, and in fact, he celebrates his crew rather than himself, ending on a gracious reference to his hosts: "Praise the Lord for the JBs." But not even the great Monie Love, who boogies into her verse ready for stardom, upstages him here.

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