The 100 Best Native Tongues Songs

15. A Tribe Called Quest "Footprints" (1990)

Producer: A Tribe Called Quest
Album: People's Instinctive Travels & The Paths of Rhythm
Label: Jive/RCA

"Footprints" is easily one of Tribe's greatest album cuts, if not the greatest. Other than "Midnight," it's hard to think of a more virtuosic lyrical performance from Q-Tip; he explicates the album's main themes cleverly without sounding pedantic or contrived. The music is incredible too: A tiny segment of Donald Byrd's "Think Twice" is freaked to sound galactic in scope, fitting for a song celebrating wanderlust and creative growth.

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