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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"Sucka Nigga" (1993)

With one verse and one chorus, Q-Tip offers one of rap's deeper looks at the most controversial and volatile word in the English language. "The suckas are those who front. Niggas who be trying to rhyme all hard. I lived that shit, man. That's something I vowed never to rhyme about," he told Vibe. "We've taken a word that the white man put on us in a derogatory sense and put love in it. But yet — and still — he can't use it. I know it stems from a bad background, but I'm just representing the street. All the kids in the street know where that shit comes from."

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