kinda gives ’em a restless feel b/c the turnaround is unexpected
December 29, 2009
Back when kids knew their history. Mamas cracked the belt. And Jazz ruled the late night.
Steve and I grew up in this era. And contrary to what you might hear on the radio today it wasn’t that long ago. You could hear the Jazz influence everywhere. In the streets, in the club, but also in other musical genres. My neighbor Mr. Hills introduced me to the greats like Thelonious Monk. Drilled his style into my head. At school we had to play an instrument. And the older cool kids always played the “winds”.
Blame the schools today. Blame the parents. Blame yourself….But do not blame Tribe Called Quest.
The three bar loop and Electric Relaxation.
Dan Love wrote an excellent review titled “Tribe Called Quest & the 3 Bar Loop”.
Hip hop music is formulaic. Grab yourself a tasty two or four bars from some dusty old record that has been largely forgotten about, loop it up, add a hefty dose of kicks and snares and you got yourself a platform to wax lyrical about why you’re better than anybody else. Easy. Of course, this perceived simplicity is a fallacy which masks the mastery involved in the production of a truly great jam, and perhaps no group have embodied this as successfully as the mighty A Tribe Called Quest, arguably the greatest crew in the history of the genre. Pinning down exactly what it is that separated Tribe from the competition reaches right into the heart of any argument that attempts to define the nature of quality music in more general terms…
Finish reading here. (If you do not you are a fool.)
Someone named “Jam” in the comment section crystallized the technique when he wrote…
“dope post. love the 3 bar loops. i definitely thinks it does add something to the tracks though. it kinda gives them a restless feel i think because the turnaround is unexpected. dilla kills the 3 bar loop to like on stakes is high and so much more by de la.”
Plus the rhymes are tight.
Before any fight with “the love” repeat in the same slow/smooth tone “Relax yourself girl, please set-tle down” (4X). And remember she had you “mesmerized with them fat-ass thighs” once. Plus you did “wanna pound the putang until it stinks”. And you might have used the line “Let me hit it from the back, girl I won’t catch a hernia. Bust off on your couch, now you got semen’s furniture”