A Tribe Called Quest at NH7 Weekender '17
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Hip-Hop has had a rather slow growth in India over the years. Despite some Top 40 Hits here and there, the craft and culture never successfully broke through and remained limited to a very small group of people all this time. However, no one saw what was about to come when the internet reached all the way to the lower-middle-class households by the late 2000's (Yes, some of us took that long). Hip-Hop acts from the 90's suddenly had a resurgence in India because of how well the sound had aged through these years, still sounding relevant and still more than capable of speaking to us kids. Not only this, but in no time we had our very own homegrown Hip-Hop artists (I'm looking at you, Brodha V!) and unlike some of the older Indian "rappers" (B___ S_____) from the 90's who went on to become laughing stock after Real Hip-Hop became accessible to us, these new cats were completely true to the culture and were exhibiting some serious skill, making them even comparable to these newfound heroes of ours. The folks behind Weekender '16 even took a chance by having DJ Premier for the closing act and we all remember how that one turned out. ;)
And speaking of heroes, last year we received some tragic news that we had lost our beloved five-foot-assassin Malik Izaak Taylor a.k.a Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest. This had the whole world of music mourning. However, after a long recovery from this loss, the Hip-Hop community worldwide had something to rejoice about when our remaining tribesmen announced a few months later that the Tribe had actually been secretly working on a new project, still unfinished at the time of Phife's tragic passing, but he hadn't left them without his contribution for what was gonna become their final album, We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service. Following the universally acclaimed release and arguably the greatest ever Grammys performance, they announced their last few shows, which they will be performing this entire year, making it no doubt the last chance for all the fans worldwide to see them. Having them on this Weekender could be that ray of hope for all the Hip-Hop Heads in India, a move that would immensely boost the Hip-Hop scene in India, but above everything else, when the spirit of the happiest music festival mingles with the energy of the greatest to ever to do it, something unforgettable would be created. In simple words, THE BEST WEEKENDER EVER is coming. It's only a matter of getting the boys.
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