Twenty Years Later…Still None Greater!!!

Something happened this year in music, specifically in hip-hop that has not happened in twenty years.

Before I continue, I would be remiss in not mentioning the loss of some of the most iconic figures in music that have moved on this year, twenty sixteen. It is a long list, and easily a list of artists that touch a myriad amount of music lovers.

This year hip-hop was blessed with something that has not happened in twenty years. Well at least the hip-hop that I know. The one I grew up listening to since the mid-eighties. The boom-bap, lyrical, head-nod hip-hop that was birthed out of the youthful expressions of my era.

Two of the most influential groups to me and the genre, De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest released an album in the same year! They haven’t done that since nineteen ninety-six!. In ninety-six De La dropped Stakes Is High and Tribe dropped Beats, Rhymes and Life.

“They haven’t done that since nineteen ninety-six. In ninety-six De La dropped Stakes Is High and Tribe dropped Beats, Rhymes and Life.” 

This year, and for the last time, De La and Tribe have dropped albums in the same year. For the heads that were there when 3 Ft. and Instinctive Travels dropped all the way until now, think about that for a second. This will be the last time De La and Tribe drop an album in the same year. ATCQ have already stated this will be the last Tribe album due to the tremendous loss this year of the five-foot assassin, Phife Dawg.

“This will be the last time De La and Tribe drop an album in the same year.”

Both albums are exceptionally composed and fall nothing short of classic pieces to discography’s that should be part of any fans library. Thank you to Tribe and De La for blessing us with some much-needed magic. Rest in El Segundo Phife Dawg!!!

Written By: John “The Quest Is On” Arambulo

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