The Explain Podcast: EP 04 - Klassik Talks Tribe UNCOVERED

By: Sahan Jayasuriya

The influence of A Tribe Called Quest cannot be understated. From 1990 to 1998, Tribe helped usher in the East Coast renaissance in hip hop, crafting unique sampled-based albums that sound just as good today as they did two decades ago. Last year, the group released We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service, their first album since 1998's The Love Movement. A fantastic addition to the group's discography, the album's release was also marked by tragedy, with the group's founding member Phife Dawg passing away earlier in the year.

After announcing the end of the Alverno Presents concert series last year, Milwaukee was pleased to discover that not one but two new "Uncovered" concerts would be coming in the new year. One of them, TRIBE Uncovered, pays tribute to the music and influence of A Tribe Called Quest on January 20th at Turner Hall Ballroom. We sat down with the show's curator, Kellen "Klassik" Abston to discuss the show's origins, his relationship with A Tribe Called Quest and the deconstructing the deconstructed.

This podcast was engineered by Sahan Jayasuriya and mixed by Tim Baltes. Stream it below.