“What made A Tribe Called Quest special is that if one looks closely enough, it is possible to believe that they were sent here directly by some wild-dreaming ancestors, straight from another era.” – Hanif Abdurraqib
In a new book about A Tribe Called Quest, poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib writes a love letter to a group, a sound, and an era. Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest blends a detailed exploration of the group’s history and creative progression with Abdurraqib’s own reflections on the role Tribe and their music have played in his life. Jennifer Szalai writes in her review for The New York Times:
"Abdurraqib’s slender book is full of tactile moments...remembrances making it clear that A Tribe Called Quest will always evoke more for him than just a sound. Go Ahead in the Rain traces the story of the group over the past three decades. It pays attention to the larger changes in the culture, but its overall tenor is warm, immediate and intensely personal."