This week marks the 25th anniversary of the release of one of The Culture’s most classic #CultureClassics, “Electric Relaxation” by A Tribe Called Quest.
“Electric Relaxation” was actually the second single from A Tribe Called Quest’s third album, the classic Midnight Marauders. The ode to New York Around The Way Girls is a smooth as it gets for a hip-hop track. Q-Tip and Phife Dawg’s usual outstanding chemistry was on another level and this record and Phife explained why that was saying “On that record, he wrote my lines and I wrote his—actually, we wrote our own lines, and when we recorded, we traded. That’s why the whole back and forth, you know what I mean?”
The song contains a jazzy sample of “Mystic Brew” by Ronnie Foster. Add that iconic hook and even though you don’t really know what it’s saying your head is nodding. It’s a mood, it’s a vibe, it’s a classic.
#FunFact: The song was featured as the opening theme song for The WB’s sitcom The Wayans Bros., from 1995 to 1996, for the show’s first and second season.
If you enjoyed that check out some of our other throwback Hip-Hop#CultureClassics:
Written by @TalentedMrFord