The 100 Best Native Tongues Songs

75. A Tribe Called Quest "Get a Hold" (1996)

Producer: The Ummah
Album: Beats, Rhymes and Life
Label: Jive, BMG

One of the weak points of Beats, Rhymes and Life is that Q-Tip's verbal meandering sounds aimless over bland beats. "Get a Hold" sees the Ummah tone down their jazz-lite tendencies, and this gives Q-Tip the space to use his vocals to explore the track for two verses before anchoring himself in a clear, concise message in the third.

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