A Tribe Called Quest is an iconic hip hop group with music that has influenced many. They have a very unique style in which they perfected and evolved through time. They’ve inspired a wave of hip hop artists such as J Dilla, Kanye West, Madlib etc. that rely more on smooth lyrics and delivery and jazzy low key production. With all this being said, ATCQ’s discography does not disappoint, at all. If I had to rank and chose their top 3 albums, it would go as follows...
1. We got it from here... Thank You 4 Your service
This is there most recent and final album in their discography, and to me is also their best. After nearly a decade hiatus they come back sounding stronger then ever with a complete modernization of their older sound, while also experimenting with new sound reminiscent of J Dilla or Madlib. It doesn’t sound like they stopped making music at all and honestly might be the best come back for any old school hip hop act. Overall rating: 10/10.
2. Midnight Marauders.
Coming as a very close second, Midnight Marauders is a vibe centric album. It seems as if they perfected the jazzy vibe chilled out sound they went for on The Low End Theory, but with a more sample heavy spin, and it worked out for a nice 14 track album with all killer no filler. Overall rating: 9.5/10
3. The Low End Theory
This is the album that really started it all imo. Even though this isn’t their first album, this is the one that definitely built the base for their sound and style for future albums. This album was way ahead of it’s time with memorable sub basses, a jazzy feel, and gritty authentic drum patterns, everything mashes beautifully. Overall rating: 9.3/10