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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"Oh My God" feat. Busta Rhymes (1994)

A bass line reconfigured from Lee Morgan's "Absolutions" darts underneath a busily horn-stuffed track constructed from Kool & the Gang's "Who's Gonna Take the Weight?" and Busta busts out the title on the chorus like he can't believe he's had to wait so long. But the MCs hold center stage. Tip sums himself up in six words – "I'm a black intellect but unrefined" – and Phife flirts memorably with Dawn Robinson if she happens to be listening. It's not easy to listen to Phife boast "When's the last time you heard a funky diabetic?" now that the disease has taken his life. But that line also sounds fiercer and more defiant than ever.

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