Song of the Day #3,413: ‘Can I Kick It? (Unplugged)’ – A Tribe Called Quest

In April of 1991, MTV Unplugeed featured its first rap artists, with LL Cool J, MC Lyte, De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest taking the stage backed by a live band.

The performance was hailed as both a breakthrough for the genre and an excellent live set, with most of the kudos going to LL Cool J’s rendition of ‘Mama Said Knock You Out.’ Sadly, that performance is not available on YouTube in the United States.

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Song of the Day #3,134: ‘We the People’ – A Tribe Called Quest

a_tribe_called_questI’ve heard of A Tribe Called Quest but I don’t know if I’ve ever heard their music. The hip-hop group put out five albums in the 90s before splitting, then reunited last year to release their sixth, titled We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.

The album was very well-received and shows up in the third spot on Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop poll.

The track ‘We the People’ is at #5 on the singles poll (following Rae Sremmurd’s ‘Black Beatles’ at #4).

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