Thursday, December 14, 2017

Three Decades of A Tribe Called Quest

A graduate of the John Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Kenneth “Ken” Mwatha is an emergency physician in Baltimore, Maryland. Outside of his work, Dr. Ken Mwatha spends his free time reading, studying astronomy, traveling, and listening to music. His favorite musical group is A Tribe Called Quest. 

Formed in New York in 1985, A Tribe Called Quest is a hip-hop collective that was originally led by the trio of Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. The group is known for rap music that employs jazz and Afro-centric elements behind lyrics that address social issues relevant to African-American youth. 

The group’s early discography includes its 1990 debut, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, and the well-received 1991 sophomore effort, The Low End Theory. The group went on to release three more albums in the ‘90s before splitting up in 1998. 

After a long-awaited return to the studio, the group released 2016’s We Got It from Here…Thank You for Your Service. The 16-track album features guest appearances by Elton John, Jack White, and Kendrick Lamar. The album also includes contributions from Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor, who died several months before the album’s release.

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