A Tribute Called Quest

 Again, this is a post I had previously made on Facebook. I wrote this on the day Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest passed away. I wanted to include it here in my site because I think thematically it ties into what a lot of my pieces will be about—the impact that art has on our lives and how the right album/book/movie/tv show at the right time can change us forever. Anyway, if you’re reading this thanks for indulging me.

As a kid, I was one of those "I only listen to punk because it's the only music that gets me" dorks. I would tell everyone how I "hated" rap/hip hop, pop, and country. But in my senior year of high school, I came across The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest because I needed a 90s hip hop song for a video I was working on.

So I listened to the album trying to decide which song to use--I ultimately settled on Scenario of course--and once I made it through the album one time, I couldn't stop listening. That album stayed in my car stereo for weeks. I still remember my mom coming into my room when I was listening to Tribe and saying "I thought you didn't like rap?" and my reply was "Me too. But now I do."

However, The Low End Theory didn't just teach me to love hip hop, it taught me to be open minded to all music regardless of genre. Afterall, if I had been so wrong about hip hop, what else had I been wrong about? Turns out I was wrong about a lot. Since then, I've discovered country bands I love, got sucked into pop music, and found countless hip hop artists that inspire me. And all of it because I stumbled upon A Tribe Called Quest my senior year of high school.

So thank you Phife Dawg and A Tribe Called Quest for changing the way I listen to music. #RIPPhifeDawg