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The 50 Best Radio Freestyles

32. A Tribe Called Quest "Angie Martinez Freestyle" (1995)

Station: Hot 97
DJ: Angie Martinez
Best Punchline: "You couldn't converse if you had f'ing React juice.” (Phife)


By 1995, the dynamic of A Tribe Called Quest had changed completely. Rumors swirled that the tension between Q-Tip and Phife Dawg was thick, beats were being handled by a new producer named JayDee, and a new member, Consequence, was introduced.

Debuting this new lineup, Tribe hit Angie Martinez's show to represent for the latter-day Native Tongues movement. And Despite what we'd heard about their internal strife, the kids from Queens kicked it all of the way off. The new guy wasn't half bad at rapping either.

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