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The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time

42. A Tribe Called Quest "Award Tour" (1993)

Producer: A Tribe Called Quest
Album: Midnight Marauders
Label: Jive

Q-Tip's deep musical knowledge made him one of the leading loop diggers of his day (before the major set-back of tragically losing most of his extensive record collection in a house fire). "Award Tour" draws sounds from a variety of sources, with the prime focus being a filtered loop of Weldon Irvine's "We Gettin' Down." Trugoy from De La Soul holds it down on the hook, but it's those loud, chopped drums and a wandering xylophone that seal the deal on this record's classic status.

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