Can I Kick It? Introduction
New York natives A Tribe Called Quest respond with their own interpretation of New York soulfulness, presenting themselves as a group of cool young Afrocentric musicians with their own rhythm, fashions, and proud black history. Can they kick it? Yes, they can. Lou Reed, on the other hand…
About the Song
|Artist||A Tribe Called Quest||Musician(s)||Q-Tip (Kamal Ibn Jon Fareed), and Phife Dawg (Malik Isaac Taylor) (vocals); samples from Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side," Baby Huey's "Hard Times," Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band's "Sun Shower," David Porter's "The Way You Do the Things You Do," and Lonnie Smith's "Spinning Wheel"|
|Album||People's Instinctive Travels and Paths of Rhythm|
|Writer(s)||A Tribe Called Quest|
|Producer(s)||A Tribe Called Quest|
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One author called this song "a new use of signifyin' in the post-Civil Rights era" (Richard L. Schur, Parodies of Ownership: Hip hop aesthetics and intellectual property law, 33). Not making sense to you quite yet? Read on to get serious about the meaning of signifyin', Shmoop style.
On the Charts"Can I Kick It" peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles in 1991.
People's Instinctive Travels and Paths of Rhythm was not a huge hit when it came out, but it has since become a classic. It made it up to #91 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.