Go ahead in the rain : notes to A Tribe Called Quest / Hanif Abdurraqib.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: How does one pay homage to A Tribe Called Quest? The seminal rap group brought jazz into the genre, resurrecting timeless rhythms to create masterpieces such as The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders. Seventeen years after their last album, they resurrected themselves with an intense, socially conscious record, We Got It from Here . . . Thank You 4 Your Service, which arrived when fans needed it most, in the aftermath of the 2016 election. Poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib digs into the group's history and draws from his own experience to reflect on how its distinctive sound resonated among fans like himself. The result is as ambitious and genre bending as the rap group itself. Abdurraqib traces the Tribe's creative career, from their early days as part of the Afrocentric rap collective known as the Native Tongues, through their first three classic albums, to their eventual breakup and long hiatus. Their work is placed in the context of the broader rap landscape of the 1990s, one upended by sampling laws that forced a reinvention in production methods, the East Coast/West Coast rivalry that threatened to destroy the genre, and some record labels' shift from focusing on groups to individual MCs. Throughout the narrative Abdurraqib connects the music and cultural history to their street-level impact. Whether he's remembering The Source magazine cover announcing the Tribe's 1998 breakup or writing personal letters to the group after bandmate Phife Dawg's death, Abdurraqib seeks the deeper truths of A Tribe Called Quest; truths that, like the low end, the bass, are not simply heard in the head, but felt in the chest.
    • ISBN:
      9781477316481
      1477316485
      9781432856656
      1432856650
    • Accession Number:
      2018031799
    • Accession Number:
      on1045724245
      1045724245
    • Accession Number:
      fay.598752
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    • ABNT:
      ABDURRAQIB, H. Go ahead in the rain : notes to A Tribe Called Quest. [s.l.] : University of Texas Press, 2019. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 18 ago. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Abdurraqib H. Go Ahead in the Rain : Notes to A Tribe Called Quest. University of Texas Press; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.598752. Accessed August 18, 2019.
    • APA:
      Abdurraqib, H. (2019). Go ahead in the rain : notes to A Tribe Called Quest. University of Texas Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.598752
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Abdurraqib, Hanif. 2019. Go Ahead in the Rain : Notes to A Tribe Called Quest. University of Texas Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.598752.
    • Harvard:
      Abdurraqib, H. (2019) Go ahead in the rain : notes to A Tribe Called Quest. University of Texas Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.598752 (Accessed: 18 August 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Abdurraqib, H 2019, Go ahead in the rain : notes to A Tribe Called Quest, University of Texas Press, viewed 18 August 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Abdurraqib, Hanif. Go Ahead in the Rain : Notes to A Tribe Called Quest. University of Texas Press, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.598752.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Abdurraqib, Hanif. Go Ahead in the Rain : Notes to A Tribe Called Quest. University of Texas Press, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.598752.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Abdurraqib H. Go ahead in the rain : notes to A Tribe Called Quest [Internet]. University of Texas Press; 2019 [cited 2019 Aug 18]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.598752

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2019 February #1

*Starred Review* Abdurraqib's profile of A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ) is much more than a musical biography; it's also a deeply personal tribute to the classic hip-hop group, some of which takes shape in open letters to Q-Tip and the other members of the crew. Although the origins of ATCQ and their bitter breakup is a story loaded with drama on its own (it was the subject of a documentary in 2011), exploring the group's history is only a part of what Abdurraqib (They Can't Kill Us until They Kill Us, 2017) does here. The book comes to life when he speaks from his own experiences: discovering ATCQ's early albums growing up and how he was impacted by other classics of the genre in the 1980s and '90s; how being a dedicated music fan in his youth was critical in shaping his peer group ("not entirely uncool but who were also decidedly not the cool kids"); and his undying love of the cassette format. Although Go Ahead in the Rain is a no-brainer for devoted hip-hop heads (even those who think they've read all there is to know about the group), Abdurraqib's poetic homage to ATCQ (and hip-hop in general) will captivate casual music fans as well. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.