94. A Tribe Called Quest "The Hop" (1996)
Producer: Rashad Smith
Album: Beats, Rhymes and Life
Label: Jive/BMG Records
Longtime Bad Boy in-house producer, arranger, and writer Rashad Smith picks a brilliant sample and matches it with drums that are hard enough to sound at home on a Tribe album, but not so hard that the overall smoothness of the track is lost. Q-Tip and Phife go through the motions here. It's not one of their better performances, but the song succeeds in the end and gives us a glimpse of the kind of sound they might have pursued if they had not been so intent on establishing the Ummah brand.