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A Tribe Called Quest, hip-hop group composed of MC/producer Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg, and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad. A member of the Native Tongues Posse, the group is regarded as an iconic pioneer of alternative hip hop music. Their hits Bonita Applebum, Can I Kick It?, Scenario, Check the Rhime, Award Tour & Electric Relaxation are regarded as classics. They received a Billboard Special Achievement Award, a VH1 Hip-Hop Honor, & were ranked #4 on About.com's 25 Best Rap Groups of All…

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Hip-Hop & Shakespeare? Akala at TEDxAldeburgh

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Fugees were an American hip hop group who rose to fame in the mid-1990s. Their repertoire included elements of hip hop, soul and Caribbean music, particularly reggae.

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Pete Rock, (born Peter Phillips), record producer, DJ, rapper, & former member of the critically acclaimed rap duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth. Along with Stetsasonic, ATCQ, The Roots, & Gang Starr, he played a major role in the merging jazz into hip hop music (aka jazz rap). He is one of the greatest hip hop producers of all time, and is often mentioned alongside DJ Premier, RZA, & J Dilla as one of the mainstays of 1990s East Coast hip hop production. He is cousin to the late Heavy D.

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