Award Tour

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"Award Tour"
Award Tour Cover.jpg
Single by A Tribe Called Quest, Trugoy
from the album Midnight Marauders
B-side "The Chase, Pt. 2"
Released November 1993
Format digital download, 12" maxi single
Recorded 1993
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 3:46
Label Jive Records
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
"Hot Sex"
(1992)
"Award Tour"
(1993)
"Electric Relaxation"
(1994)

"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.

Music Video[edit]

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[edit]

Charts[edit]

Charts (1993–1994)[2] Peak
position
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Midnight Marauders > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles Allmusic. Accessed on October 10, 2010.