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" feat. Leaders of the New School (1992)

This was the song that kickstarted a brief yet glorious era of rah-rah fast rap: Tribe and Leaders of the New School chanting "so what's so what's so what's the scenario" at the top of their lungs, and then blasting us with one killer verse after another. Phife Dawg was the leadoff batter who sparked the session, and his line "bust a nut inside your eye/To show you where I come from" was so visceral that cable networks eventually censored it from broadcasts of the ensemble's classic video. "My days of paying dues are over/Acknowledge me as in there," he rhymes. Ya goddamn right he's in there.

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