The 100 Best Native Tongues Songs

73. A Tribe Called Quest "Steve Biko (Stir It Up)" (1993)

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

Few rap groups were better at talking about nothing in particular than Tribe. It's all about the marriage of style and technique here. It's almost pointless to describe the song in detail because it manages to defy most of the songwriting and structural conventions of the time, yet it doesn't sound inaccessible, densely abstract or off-putting in any way. This is one of the few moments where Tip and Phife truly sound like an equally matched team. It's a fun and engaging song that could not have been made by any other group..

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