Tribe put out a homophobic track? Say it ain’t so, Tip.

[Update: It appears that It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold this Sac, broke this story well before Crawford did, so credit goes to them]

Byron Crawford, a extremely controversial (and quite unloved in some circles) writer, has really publicized the existence of a tragic track by A Tribe Called Quest.  It was never released, but the fact that they ever recorded it has me shaking my head and staring longingly at my Low End Theory album sleeve.

According to Crawford (god knows where he gets his facts), this was what the track Show Business was meant to sound like.  But the label made them scrap the track (titled Georgie Porgie) and that’s when Tribe went back and re-recorded it as Show Business.

This is definitely one of those, “dear god I wish it wasn’t true” stories.  I have a really hard time believing (even for a moment) that Tribe could do this.  I do understand that at the time of the track, society was a much different place.  Attitudes (and ignorance) about LGBT movement were much different, and the types of stuff Tribe talks about seemed to be much more commonplace.  But that doesn’t make it right.

It hurts the soul, especially when you check out part of Q-Tip‘s verse “You can call me homophobic but I know it and you know it/ you’re filthy and funny to the utmost, never will I do that/ disrespect my mommy/so run and hide the salami”

What kind of wackness is that?

Head over to to check out the track.

[Source: It Takes a Nation via Grand Good via]

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