A Tribe Called Quest

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    DC9 at Night Mixtape with Seal Bass

    Seal Bass is part of an extreme minority amongst Dallas DJs. He plays techno in its purest form. While he's not so well known in the regional DJ circuit, Seal Bass has over 20 years' experience behind the decks. He still plays vinyl and his breadth of knowledge of classic techno is deep and reflecte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Dallas Hip Hop Needs a Unified Sound to Get National Attention

    The most popular rapper to have ever come from North Texas is one Robert Matthew Van Winkle. You probably know him as Vanilla Ice. This is nothing short of equal parts silly and embarrassing. Vanilla Ice is the Psy of the '90s and "Ice Ice Baby" is hands down the "Gangham Style" of those times. Drop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Kessler Theater to Host Trees Reunion Party on July 11

    Next month, the Kessler will open its doors to hundreds of people in celebration of Trees, a music venue long revered for its contributions to the historic Deep Ellum community. As one of the neighborhood's earliest and most popular venues, Trees has been part of Dallas nightlife for over 20 years, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    10 Must-See Acts at SXSW 2014

    There's anywhere from 1 to 10 billion bands at any given SXSW. This year I think there's more. This makes planning one's festival schedule a daunting monstrosity. But don't worry, The Dallas Observer is here to help. Because it's our opinion that festivals should be about seeing great bands, not try ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    The Nine Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, September 19-25

    Good god, Dallas. It's going to be a cheap Monday. This weekend you've got live music in the city, in the suburbs, Fort Worth, and everywhere else in between. Unfortunately it's not a matter of who you're going to see, it's who you're going to have to miss. It's 2013, and though we were promised je ... More >>

  • Music

    September 19, 2013
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    March 20, 2013

    David Bowie Tops the Dallas Independent Record Store Charts

    This is not your everyday Billboard chart. Each week, we'll tell you which bands are selling in the fine record shops in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where we consumers of music have impeccable taste. Consensus arose at Good Records and CD Source as David Bowie takes the lead in top selling alb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Eight Music-Themed Gifts You Never Knew You Needed

    Ah, the holidays, that time when you frantically try to figure out what exactly to give whoever you got stuck with in the secret Santa drawing. Maybe you got lucky and selected a music fan; maybe you think you want to give that music fan something that's not just the latest Pitchfork-blessed album, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Ten Jazz Albums to Listen to Before You Die

    Because there are multiple decades of jazz, it's almost impossible to pick the top 10 albums of all time; the hip cats with their canes and cool shades will throw their used saxophone reeds in my direction and call me a young whippersnapper. The debate is so polemic that I might as well write about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    The DC9er Mixtape, Resurrected: DJ Sissy Ross

    OK, it's been a while, but the DC9er mixtape series is officially back in action. We're resurrecting the weekly DJ profile with a Q&A and mixtape from Dallas' '90s hip-hop enthusiast, DJ Sissy Ross. Check out her Q&A and original mix below.

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Best Local Hip-Hop of 2011

    A.Dd When we heard Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy teamed up with super producer PicnicTyme and DJ Sober for When Pigs Fly, we couldn't help but be excited for A.Dd 's 2011. They confidently took the city by storm, and When Pigs Fly achieved local legend status thanks to a Kickstarter campaign. Add t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Over The Weekend: Phife Dawg, The Gritz, A.Dd and Big Hud at the Palladium Ballroom

    Phife Dawg, The Gritz, A.Dd , Big Hud Palladium Ballroom September 30, 2011 Better than: just about any other rapper in the world's debut with a live band. ​The Palladium Ballroom opened its doors to a legend on Friday night as A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg headlined a wholly stimulating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Roky Erickson, Fort Worth Music Festival, Rocktoberfest and More Weekend Shows...

    Roky Erickson​It's difficult to pick the top show this weekend. There's just a lot going on. All over the place, too. For instance, if you take the elevator up to the thirteenth floor, you'll probably run into troubled genius, Roky Erickson, who is headlining at The Kessler Theater tonight. Howeve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest: "I'm Not Sure If People Really Care Like They Used To."

    ​A Tribe Called Quest is without a doubt one of the most hailed groups in the storied past of hip-hop. And 2011 marks an important cathartic time for the group as we look back 20 years to the date that the group released its seminal album, The Low End Theory. This year also saw the release of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    20 Years Later: The 15 Best Albums of 1991

    ​In last week's edition of our regular feature, The Conversation, Pete Freedman and Daniel Hopkins debated on whether 1991 or 1994 was the greatest music year of the '90s. It was an interesting read for sure. And, since this week marks the 20th anniversary of the release of both Nevermind and The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    The Conversation: 1991 Was a Damn Good Year, But Was It The Best Music Year of The '90s?

    ​Something happened this week 20 years ago, and music hasn't been the same since: Nirvana released "Smells Like Teen Spirit," the lead single from Nevermind, which would itself come out later in the month. With the song came a new movement in music, a new era. But plenty of other influential acts ... More >>

  • Film

    July 28, 2011

    Beats, Rhymes, & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest

    A fanboy's phenomenal love letter to a hip hop phenom.

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Michael Rapaport Talks A Tribe Called Quest and His New Documentary on the Group

    ​On July 8, actor Michael Rapaport's directorial debut, a documentary called Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, will earn its release theaters in New York City and Los Angeles. Later that month, on July 28, the film will begin a run locally at Dallas-area Angelika Theat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Over The Weekend: Big K.R.I.T., Freddie Gibbs and A.Dd at Trees

    Big K.R.I.T., Freddie Gibbs and A.Dd Trees April 2, 2011Better Than: Staying at home on a Saturday night?Big K.R.I.T.​The headlining performers on Saturday night's bill at Trees were supposed to be big draws. And rightfully so: Big KR.I.T. and Freddie Gibbs are two of the bigger names to emerge in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    My First Show: Taylor Young of The O's Saw New Kids On The Block When He Was Nine.

    Taylor Young​Welcome to a new feature here on DC9 called My First Show, where we give bands a chance to talk about the first shows they ever attended -- no matter how uncool and embarrassing those tales may be.If you've heard Taylor Young and John Pedigo perform as The O's before, you've probably ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Pedestrian Playlist: What Does Dallas Maverick DJ Whiz T Listen To?

    Welcome to a new recurring feature here on DC9 where we talk to people of interest in the metroplex about their taste in music, including likes, dislikes, and guilty pleasures. We're calling it Pedestrian Playlist -- because, hey, everyone listens to music.DJ Whiz T at work.​The Dallas Maverick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Today In Music News: A Tribe Called Quest Get Documentary, Jon Brooks Says It Is A Tumor And Miley Sets The Record Straight

    Your daily dose of national music news for Thursday, September 23, 2010...A documentary about A Tribe Called Quest is getting finished up.After collapsing onstage last week in Philly, Charlatans' drummer Jon Brookes has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Miley Cyrus wants anyone who still know that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Over The Weekend: Tanya Morgan at the Green Elephant

    Tanya Morgan, Bodega BrovasGreen ElephantAugust 20, 2010 Better than: Any hip-hop concert you would see at an American Airlines Center bill filled with marquee acts that get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to destroy your ear drums.Tanya Morgan​ Tanya Morgan has been touring the coun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 22: DJ INDO

    ​DJ INDO, born Ricky Roe, grew up with music as an integral part of his life, and it was his love for music, alongside inspiration from his father and brother, that led him to DJ. When he first got started, nearly four years ago, DJ INDO explored a wide variety of sounds: "I would try spinning all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Ballers and Shotcallers: Play-N-Skillz and Def Jam's All-Star Weekend Finale at PM Lounge

    Steven VisneauPlay-N-Skillz​Play-N-Skillz and Def Jam's All-Star Weekend Finale PartyPM LoungeFebruary 14, 2009For Grammy-winning hip-hop producers Play-N-Skillz, Sunday night--the last night of a jam-packed, celebrity- and part-filled weekend--saw the brothers Salinas hosting not one, but two par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    Bonus MP3: Chucky Sly -- "Jimmy Is About To Die"

    Gloria Levario Your favorite local rapper's favorite local rapper. As Nic Hernandez explains in this week's dead tree version of DC9, the full-length solo debut from Dallas raapper Chucky Sly is some 15 years in the making. And ir's all the better for it, Hernandez explains:  The feel-g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Download: DJ Fishr Pryce and Mes The Jive Turkey's Stealing Stars Mixtape

    Dj Fishr PryceDallas-based DJ Fishr Pryce is recognizable for a few reasons: One, he's often the man working the ones-and-twos behind Damaged Good$' impressive live displays about town; and, two, he always seems to have a new mixtape on his person, ready to hand out, every time you speak with him.Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2009

    Dallas Police Again Shut Down An Area Record Store Celebration

    Gloria LevarioNow that's taking your punishment in stride... Less than a month after noise complaints eventually led to Good Records' annual birthday bash/National Record Store Day celebration getting shut down by the police, the Dallas Police Department again shut down a record store customer appre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums Of 2008

    A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they were to have this Big Shared Experience--these seven books and 41,000 words in common. What does Harry Potter have to do with hip-hop in 2008? In an age when many year-end lists should ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Last Night: Q-Tip, The Cool Kids And The Knux At House Of Blues

    Q-Tip, The Cool Kids, The Knux House of Blues November 19, 2008 Better Than: Sitting at home remembering when hip-hop was still good. As far as opening bands go, The Knux was a decent, average opening act. The reaction from the crowd was tepid and it was obvious the audience wanted to move on a ... More >>

  • Music

    November 20, 2008


    The Renaissance (Universal Motown)

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Giveaway: Three Pairs Of Tickets For Tonight's Q-Tip/Cool Kids Show

    I don't really know what else there is to say about Q-Tip that hasn't been said yet at this point. Dude's a legend in the hip-hop world thanks to his work in A Tribe Called Quest and, now, based on the early raves, his new release, The Renaissance. And The Cool Kids, well, they're just what they ... More >>

  • Music

    November 13, 2008

    Q-Tip, The Cool Kids

    Wednesday, November 19, at the House of Blues

  • Music

    April 3, 2008

    The First Stage

    So you want to be a rock superstar, huh? First you've gotta find a home for your sound

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2006

    D Does Dilla

    J Dilla died earlier this year at the age of 32. On Saturday, Dallas' hip-hop community turned out to pay its last respects. The career of J Dilla (born James Yancey) was illustrious, if tragically abbreviated. A solid and soulful Detroit beat wizard who produced seminal work with an impressive list ... More >>

  • Music

    November 10, 2005

    The Beatdown

    They call him DJ Jazzy Jeff for a reason

  • Music

    August 26, 2004

    Brand Nubian

    Fire in the Hole (Babygrande)

  • Music

    July 8, 2004

    Steal These Albums

    The 10 most radical hip-hop albums of all time, featuring Public Enemy, NWA and...Mos Def?

  • Music

    March 18, 2004

    Kanye West

    The College Dropout (Roc-A-Fella)

  • Calendar

    April 10, 2003

    Day Jobs

    Four Day Weekend wants to second that emotion

  • Music

    September 19, 2002


    September 21

  • News

    May 10, 2001


    Bigotry by Any Name, Kind of Wack, Straight Shot

  • Music

    January 11, 2001

    Open to All

    Black Eyed Peas hope they're luckier in 2001 than they were last year

  • Music

    September 7, 2000

    Out & About

    Lucy Pearl

  • Music

    March 2, 2000

    They got it like that

    Rap music, electronic music -- no matter what it is, the Jungle Brothers can do it

  • Music

    June 17, 1999
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    January 7, 1999

    Throw your hands in the air

    Beatin' down hip-hop in 1998 like a stepchild

  • Music

    December 24, 1998

    Listen up

    1998 was not a very good year, but it's still worth the bother

  • Music

    January 9, 1997

    Spirit of '96

    Last year showed pop still has more than a ghost of a chance

  • Music

    February 29, 1996

    Rapper's delight

    Erykah Badu emerges from nowhere with a record deal and vast ambition

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