Peak Time

25th Anniversaries: Wu-Tang Clan and A Tribe Called Quest

120 minsFirst aired 9 Nov 2018
Illustration by Teddy Guerreo

Discussing iconic hip-hop LPs with culture critic Hanif Abdurraqib and WordSound boss Skiz Fernando.

On this day, 25 years ago two seminal albums were released that would go down in the annals of hip-hop history as influencing the sound of a generation: Wu-Tang Clan’s debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders. Today’s Peak Time is dedicated to these pioneering releases, the stories around their drops and the lasting impact not only in music but on a wider cultural scale. At the top of the show, we’ll dive into Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) with writer, producer and rapper Skiz Fernando, whose own debut drew comparisons to the Wu-Tang sound. For the second hour of the show we’ll welcome back poet and music writer Hanif Abdurraqib, who is currently finalizing a book that chronicles the legacy of ATCQ, to discuss Midnight Marauders.


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