|Single by A Tribe Called Quest, Trugoy|
|from the album Midnight Marauders|
|B-side||"The Chase, Pt. 2"|
|Format||digital download, 12" maxi single|
|Genre||Alternative hip hop|
|Writer(s)||Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, Weldon Irvine, Ali Shaheed Jones-Muhammad, Malik Izaak Taylor|
|Producer(s)||A Tribe Called Quest|
|A Tribe Called Quest, Trugoy singles chronology|
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"Award Tour" is a song by A Tribe Called Quest, released as the first single from their third album Midnight Marauders. It features rapper Trugoy on the chorus, from the fellow Native Tongues group De La Soul. It contains a sample of "We Gettin' Down" by Weldon Irvine, from his 1975 album Spirit Man. The B-side of the single is the original version of the Midnight Marauders track "The Chase, Pt. 2", which notably features the first known verse by future Tribe collaborator Consequence. The song remains Tribe's highest charting single to date, experiencing large success in America and overseas.
The second half of the song's chorus calls out names of cities and states in this order: New York City, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. John, Chinatown, Spokane, London, Tokyo, Houston, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Dallas, South Carolina, Maryland, New Orleans and Detroit. In addition, one line in the second verse mentions two Major League Baseball teams, the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees.
The music video of "Award Tour" was released in December 1993. Influential rap group De La Soul made an appearance in the music video. Filmed in the perspective of a painting, it featured Q-Tip and Phife Dawg rapping in New York City whilst De La Soul member Trugoy sings the chorus.
Appearances and covers
- The song was featured in the video games Thrasher: Skate and Destroy, MLB 08: The Show and Madden NFL 12.
- A portion of the song was performed by Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
- A portion of the song appears on the 2000 film Boiler Room
- Wale uses a portion of the song in "World Tour", on his 2009 debut album Attention Deficit
- Azealia Banks uses a portion of the lyrics in "1991"
- Iggy Azalea uses a portion of the lyrics in "Fancy"
- Kanye West references the title in "The Glory"
- People Under The Stairs reference the song in "San Francisco Knights"
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||47|
|U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||1|
|U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||27|
|U.S. Hot Rap Singles||7|
- Kung, Michelle (2010-09-30). "Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon's 'History of Rap' Duet: The Full Set List - Speakeasy - WSJ". Blogs.wsj.com. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
- Midnight Marauders > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles Allmusic. Accessed on October 10, 2010.