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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"Scenario (7 M.C.'s Remix)" feat. Kid Hood, Leaders of the New School (1992)

For the B-side of their iconic single, A Tribe Called Quest refitted "Scenario" with a new beat, new lyrics and the same all-star cast. One addition was the debut recording of roughneck MC Kid Hood, whose "pump slugs in your face and dump that ass in the river" style stood in stark contrast to the electrically relaxed Tribe and the cheeky Leaders, but whose gift for rhymes was unquestionable. Days after recording the track, he was shot and killed in Harlem, leaving the "Scenario" remix the lone recorded appearance of this promising MC. "When I first met him, he was rhymin'" Q-Tip told The Source. "He didn't say hello or nothin', he just started rhymin'. … He really seemed like he was sold on coming out and working hard. The day we taped, he went in the studio, took his shirt off, and went in the booth. He did it in one take." Though Kid Hood wouldn't live to make another song, his voice would live on: His "I'm a bad, bad man" quip was sampled extensively on Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die.

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