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Ali: Ali.
Q-Tip: Q-tip, and we A Tribe Called Quest and right now you watching rap city on - [inaudible 00:00:08]
Phife: Much.
Ali: Yeah, you think, ah -
Announcer: Yo, check this out man.
Phife: We try to meet the music as much as possible. You know what I'm saying? We ain't trying to be the best we just trying to make our mark as people trying to do what they had to do, you know what I'm saying? I think too many people are worried about what people are going to say about them as far as how they did when they were around, and so forth and so on. I think we just, we're so into being ourselves that we let nothing else bother us, you know what I'm saying? We just do what we have to do. (singing). We have a little bit more to go, like til the end of March, oh no, we have April to go, cause we have shows in April only on weekends. And that's that. Then we chill for May and June, and then July we get on the Lollapalooza tour. And then we're going again.
Announcer: Anyway.
Interviewer-F: How do you feel about going out on a alternative tour like that?
Phife: It's different.
Ali: I never did anything like that before so, I won't know til I do it. It's definitely something different though.
Interviewer-F: Are you guys looking forward to it?
Phife: Kind of, we know it's coming.
Interviewer-F: Video has been a good thing for rap music or?
Q-Tip: No.
Interviewer-F: No? Why not?
Q-Tip: Cause it sucks. I don't like videos and, because it makes people become dependent on somebody else telling you what to think, know what I'm saying? So I can't really see videos, I don't like them.
Interviewer-F: It's a necessary evil, something you've got to do?
Q-Tip: Yeah.
Interviewer-F: So what do you do? You don't like doing them?
Q-Tip: I hope to not do them no more, personally, know what I'm saying? Cause it's a waste of our money. We don't make any revenue off of it. You can argue that it'll help you sell records but there's so many different ways to sell records that you don't have to depend on the video circuit. Which has been proven by Pearl Jam. So I just think it sucks.

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