Heralded as one of the charter members of the conscious rap compendium collectively known as the Native Tongues, A Tribe Called Quest rose to the upper echelon of the industry through their accessible grip on the conveyance of modern problems. They discussed the social ramifications of the N-word, detailed the myriad possibilities in late-night New York, pontificated on various strategies of attracting the opposite sex, and managed to confuse the practical definition of gravity, all while informing the listener of their vast superiority to their peers. Saddled with derivative face value, a deep listen to this record unveils the sound that helped promote the current chilled vibe-oriented underground (Frank and Dank, Madlib, Little Brother) while maintaining a purely independent view of the New York hip-hop landscape of the time.
Further developing the low end sound that made them famous, ATCQ collectively produced a jazz-hop clinic that finds itself equal parts Pete Rock, Buckshot and Diamond D. Their natural use of hard drums and smooth samples were par for the course, with their major triumph being the chiming piano, upright bass and cold groove of "Electric Relaxation". In combining extremes and extrapolating their original concepts, ATCQ made an album suitable for both city driving and sexual encounters.