The 100 Best Native Tongues Songs

32. A Tribe Called Quest "Hot Sex" (1993)

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

This was one of Tribe's harder-edged songs, musically and lyrically. In the wake of a publicized confrontation with Wreckx-n-Effect over a line from "Jazz (We've Got The)," Tip and Phife remind would-be hard rocks that, despite their tranquil demeanor, they are not to be messed with. The beat is pilfered every couple of years by producers intent on recreating its magic, but the original stands superior as one of the most instantly recognizable grooves in hip hop. The moment where the music cuts out just before Q-Tip's "Where ya at?" is a beautiful use of negative space.

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