A Tribe Called Quest
Q-Tip: Q-tip, and we A Tribe Called Quest and right now you watching rap city on - [inaudible 00:00:08]
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.
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?
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?
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.
Johnson Barnes, better known by his moniker "Blu," is an emcee from Los Angeles, California. Growing up, due to his stepfather's influence as a pastor, Blu was exposed to gospel and Christian rap as a child, with gangsta rap coming into the picture as he got older. He began working as a hype man for artists like Slum Village, Steve Spacek, and Platinum Pied Pipers before trying his own hand at rapping. Inspired by Common, Blu began transitioning from freestyling to writing songs, with some of his earliest recorded material dating back to 2003. He signed with independent label Sound in Color in 2004, and shortly thereafter was introduced to his collaborator, producer Exile. With his debut album, Below the Heavens, arriving in 2007, he was met with praise in the media, being named "Rookie of the Year" by HipHopDX. He followed with a handful of collaborative projects, including The Piece Talks with Detroit rapper-producer Ta'Raach, and Johnson&Jonson with producer Mainframe. In 2009, he signed with Warner Bros. Records. That decision would inevitably be short-lived, as Blu left two years later and echoed his decision by releasing what would have been his major label debut, NoYork!, independently. In addition to his work as a solo artist, Blu also is known for being part of a duo alongside producer Exile, with their first release, Below the Heavens, being hailed by XXL as "one of 2007's most celebrated hip-hop releases." With an ever-growing discography, Blu is highly regarded for his conscious lyricism and appetite to collaborate with others.