YMMV / A Tribe Called Quest

  • Crowning Musicof Awesome: SO MANY of their songs are very worth listening to.
  • Growing the Beard: The Low End Theory is generally seen as better than People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "When's the last time you heard a funky diabetic?" note 
  • Sampled Up: "Can I Kick It?" samples the bass line from "Walk On The Wild Side" from Transformer by Lou Reed; depending on where you go on the radio dial, it might be the only place you hear it.
  • Signature Song:
    • People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm: "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo", "Bonita Applebum", and "Can I Kick It?"
    • The Low End Theory: "Check The Rhime", "Jazz (We've Got)", and "Scenario"
    • Midnight Marauders: "Award Tour", "Electric Relaxation", and "Oh My God"
    • Beats, Rhymes and Life: "1nce Again" and "Stressed Out"
    • The Love Movement: "Find A Way", "Like It Like That", and "Jazz (We've Got) (Re-Recording)"
    • We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service: "The Space Program", "We The People....", "Solid Walls of Sound", and "Dis Generation"
  • Sophomore Slump: Critics and interviewers would ask Q-Tip if he was scared of a "sophomore jinx". His response? "'Sophomore jinx?' What the fuck is that, I'm going to make The Low End Theory."