Q-Tip Reveals a Kendrick Lamar Record Influenced Tribe's New Album

And it all starts with a sample from an indie rock duo from Baltimore.

By now everyone knows that Kendrick Lamar is a featured guest on We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service, the first new album from A Tribe Called Quest in 18 years, but in a full-length feature on OkayPlayer, Q-Tip revealed that a K. Dot record also helped to inspire the sonic landscape of the album.

From a production standpoint, as a DJ listening or Blair Well, he’s my engineer and co-producer, my right hand man, we would listen to shit we like, shit that’s happening now. Like we were listening to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen, then ‘Money Trees’ by Kendrick and then we’d go to like Rakim. It was just a sonic exercise to hear all of those different records, not to geek out but to hear the common thread, sonically.

Whenever Kendrick's "Money Trees" record is brought up in conversation it typically revolves around whether or not he was murdered on his own track by TDE compatriot Jay Rock, but this time the focus is squarely on the sonic template created by producer DJ Dahi. For "Money Trees," Dahi sampled "Silver Soul," a standout selection from Beach House's 2010 Teen Dream album. 

This means that, indirectly, Q-Tip found inspiration for the production direction on We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service from an indie rock duo from Baltimore.



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We didn't need another reason to champion the art of sampling, but alas, we have one. Despite a growing number of detractors outside the hip-hop community who don't believe sampling is true artistry, it was a sample that helped to start an entire chain of events that lead to a remarkable album being produced.

If Dahi doesn't sample Beach House for Kendrick's "Money Trees" then Q-Tip isn't influenced by the record and if Tip doesn't hear the record then Tribe's new album may sound slightly different.

Pretty cool, huh?


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