A Tribe Called Quest

  • Music

    April 3, 2014


    Please Forgive Us
    Elevation Sickness

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Denver fans explain why De La Soul still matters

    De La Soul, the iconic Long Island hip-hop trio, performed last Saturday to a capacity crowd at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom. It was "nuts-to-butts crowded," as my Tennessee friends like to say. Consider now the fact that the group hasn't released a proper album in five years (2009's obscure Are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    New EDM from Mantaray, Spencer Foreman/DJ Wushu, Big Gigantic and Late Night Radio

    Back with another edition of In the Mix, a feature in which we spotlight new dance tracks and mixes from local producers and DJs. This week, we feature Mantaray's set from Denver Disco a few weeks ago, Spencer Foreman and DJ Wushu's latest hip-hop/dance mix-up, Big Gigantic collab with Cherub and a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    Rap is in a new golden era

    The progression of music will always be weighed down by periods of stagnation. Although new rap acts are presented into the mainstream every year, the actual newness of the music is generally overstated. The prime exception to this rule is the so-called "golden ages," pockets of time where innovatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    The ten best rap producers of all time

    Even though rappers and producers share a symbiotic dependence on one another, there's been an ongoing debate in rap music about who plays the most pivotal role: the one providing the words or the one providing the music. While the MCs obviously get the most shine, would Guru's words been as impactf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Ten rappers and the artistic movements they exemplify

    Stylistically, rap has exploded, and the pieces fall everywhere from the mind-bogglingly complex to the unbelievably simple, from the brazenly dissident to the unapologetically mainstream. Rappers' influences seem to come from everywhere, but the stylistic differences between an Aesop Rock and a 2 C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    The fifty greatest rap groups of all time

    There's something great about a hip-hop group. From the beginning, it was never intended to be a solo endeavor; rap began in cyphers at block parties, and the first established rappers were components of a collective centered around the more important DJ. Even now that the rapper is the star, it's n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now. What's rocking your world this week?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Ten acts that helped make hip-hop more accessible to mainstream audiences

    Hip-hop is a world unto itself. Its rich tradition of spoken word poetry, self-referential subject matter and electronic and sample-based production make it, in many ways, a difficult musical form to adapt to, especially if you come from a more traditional background. These ten acts helped make rap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Local hip-hop acts pick their favorite Tribe tracks and muse on the influence of Q-Tip

    This Saturday, some of the hottest local talent will be getting busy on fifteen stages throughout the Golden Triangle for the annual Westword Music Showcase. After the Showcase wraps, Q-Tip, hip-hop's premiere rapping, producing, trendsetting, superstar will rock a rare DJ set at City Hall Amphithea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Batman: Arkham City tops our new release picks this week, October 18, 2011

    ​There's a ton of really interesting stuff coming up this week, and even though book releases are taking the week off in preparation for a bombshell of awesome content next week, we still have some amazing movies, games and comics to check out. Of those, the sequel to the fantastic Batman: Ark ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    A Tribe Called Quest's The Low End Theory is 20 years old

    ​On September 24, 1991, A Tribe Called Quest released The Low End Theory, a beautiful fusion of hip-hop, jazz, and esoteric lyrics aimed at a new generation of hip-hop. Twenty years later, the album sounds just the same in 2011, as it did, frankly, whenever you heard it. Inspiring such artists ... More >>

  • Film

    July 28, 2011
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    July 20, 2011

    DJ Mu$a paying tribute to The Low End Theory this Friday with a bad-ass hip-hop party

    ​A Tribe Called Quest is a group that will forever go down as one of the greatest hip-hop groups of all time. And its album, The Low End Theory, is among the game's best and most influential albums. As we approach the twenty-year anniversary of its release, DJ Mu$a is planning to pay tribute t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    What's in a name? In Lupe Fiasco's case, a lot, apparently.

    ​Last week, Lupe Fiasco's new album, Lasers, was released to lots of shrugs and more than a few scathing reviews. The general consensus was that the album sucked, and Lupe should have gone back to the drawing board (or the corner store) for more "food and liquor."

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Q&A with Kno of CunninLynguists

    Jens Nordstrom​There's something to be said about a group that boldly calls itself, CunninLynguists. Since 2001, the Kentucky-bred group, which consist of rapper Natti and producers/rappers Deacon the Villain and Kno, has redefined what it means to be courageous with their music, during a time whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of August 31, 2009

    ​As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2009

    Denver greats pay tribute to hip-hop's greats at Get Down Wednesdays

    Gotta love Denver, man. At the risk of sounding like a homer, the creativity here is invigorating. It seems cats are constantly striving to come up with compelling ways to put on shows, Stand By Your Band at the hi-dive, Denver Does Denver and now Hip-Hop Bites Back, an idea whose time has truly com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2008

    The Friday Rap-Up: Ice Cube, Phife, 50 Cent, Jam Master Jay

    Ice Cube signs up for NBC cop show Ice Cube sure has come a long way from his jheri curl days in NWA. He’s got platinum albums and hit movies, and now he’s going to take another shot at television. According to rapper has signed on to write and produce a cop comedy for NBC. "As we cont ... More >>

  • Music

    May 15, 2008

    Rock & Roll Grill

    A recent benefit ends up helping no one.

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2007

    Last Night: Common @ The Fillmore Auditorium

    “And fuck Bush,” Common proclaimed at the end of a sick freestyle at the Fillmore Auditorium on September 13 -- and the crowd went nuts. His flow touched on everything from gang-banging to economic standing before he walked the crowd through a melodic hip-hop history in which he covered everyone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2007

    Last Night: Rock the Bells @ Red Rocks

    Rock the Bells @ Red Rocks Wednesday, August 22 Red Rocks Better than: Ninety percent of the hip-hop you see on television and hear on the radio. This acts on this bill hardly get any radio or video play anymore. It’s been almost ten years since a quality hip-hop festival played at Red Rocks. ... More >>

  • Music

    February 8, 2007

    Reuben Wilson

    Thursday, February 8, Mount Vernon Country Club, Golden, 303-526-0616.

  • Music

    November 30, 2006

    Future Jazz Project

    True by Design

  • Music

    October 26, 2006

    California Dreaming

    Yo, Flaco! says goodbye to Denver.

  • Music

    October 5, 2006

    Joe Thunder & Selector Sam Present

    Straight From the Mile High: Dez the Man (Self-released)

  • Music

    September 7, 2006

    A Tribe Called Quest

    Wednesday, September 13, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    July 6, 2006

    Aloe Blacc

    Shine Through (Stones Throw Records)

  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    Westword Music Showcase 2006

    Be there or be square!

  • Music

    May 4, 2006

    Spank Rock

    Yoyoyoyoyo (Big Dada)

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    July 8, 2004
  • Music

    November 6, 2003

    Critic's Choice


  • Music

    August 7, 2003


    Shades of Blue (Blue Note)

  • Music

    March 6, 2003


    Denvers clubs go changing. Again.

  • Music

    January 16, 2003


    Electric Circus (MCA)

  • Music

    September 26, 2002

    Styles, Slum Village and Clipse

    A Gangster and a Gentleman (Ruff Ryder)
    Trinity (Past, Present and Future)
    Lord Willin' (Star Trak)

  • Music

    September 19, 2002

    Club Scout

    PH Balance

  • Music

    May 9, 2002

    Club Scout

    Doc Martin

  • Music

    July 19, 2001

    Vision Quest

    Phife Dawg makes a solo stand in a post-Tribe world.

  • Music

    August 10, 2000

    Diamond in the Rough

    Three urban luminaries make Lucy Pearl an R&B trio with star -- and staying -- power.

  • Music

    June 8, 2000

    Summertime Rolls

    It's the time of the season to check out some local releases.

  • Music

    January 20, 2000

    In the Thick of It

    For more than a decade, the Jungle Brothers have remained members of hip-hop's original tribe.

  • Music

    January 6, 2000



  • Music

    November 25, 1999

    Angie Stone

    Black Diamond

  • Music

    November 19, 1998

    Two for the Future

    To hip-hop's OutKast and Black Eyed Peas, the glass is half full.

  • Music

    July 2, 1998
  • Music

    August 22, 1996

    Simply the Quest

    A Tribe Called Quest meets the press--in a manner of speaking.

  • Music

    August 22, 1996

    Rhymes Pays

    It's not easy being as wild as Busta Rhymes.

  • Music

    July 6, 1994



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