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Go Ahead in the Rain by Hanif Abdurraqib

Go Ahead in the Rain

Notes to A Tribe Called Quest

Hanif Abdurraqib

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Imprint: University of Texas Press
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 19 Apr 2019
ISBN: 9781477316481
4 stars out of 5
Alexis Petridis
10 Apr 2019

"An obsessive fan offers sharp insights into the hip-hop quartet that even his jazz-loving parents liked"

Go Ahead in the Rain is a brief, intensely personal attempt to explore and explain why their grip on his imagination has never slackened over the course of 30 years, a melding of autobiography, social history and the kind of attention to nerdy musical detail that only a truly obsessive fan can muster... Abdurraqib is blessed with a keen eye for a particularly telling fact, and what seems like digression invariably turns out to make a wider point about music or culture... in writing a book that could make even a naysayer want to hear their music as a matter of urgency, Abdurraqib has provided a perfect epitaph.