Find a Way (A Tribe Called Quest song)

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"Find a Way"
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Single by A Tribe Called Quest
from the album The Love Movement
B-side "Steppin' It Up"[1]
Released August 25, 1998
Format 12" single
Recorded 1997
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 3:24
Label Jive
Writer(s) Kamaal Fareed, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Malik Taylor, James Yancey, Bebel Gilberto, Dong Wa-Chung
Producer(s) The Ummah
A Tribe Called Quest singles chronology
"Stressed Out"
(1996)
"Find a Way"
(1998)
"Like It like That"
(1998)

"Find a Way" is a song by A Tribe Called Quest, the first single from their fifth album The Love Movement. The New York Times' Ben Ratliff wrote that "Find a Way" "innocently wonders about the point at which friendship spills over into sex."[2]

The song samples "Technova" by Towa Tei. In 1990 Q-Tip appeared on the hit single "Groove Is in the Heart" by Deee-Lite, a group that Towa Tei was involved with until 1996.

Music video[edit]

The video starts in outer space, with a wide view of Earth that is later revealed to be a decoration in Ali Shaheed Muhammad's car. Ali spots three girls, and Q-Tip decides to make a move on all three. A scene of California appears, and shows the group walking on the beach while Phife Dawg is rapping. It then moves to a party, showing Q-Tip in a romantic moment. From there, the video shifts to an art museum where Q-Tip is talking to his girl. The video then returns to Phife Dawg on the beach, telling a girl that he will do what she wants. The video ends with the group in a club, dancing with women and having fun. During the final chorus, the video pans once again to outer space, then shows the group sleeping in Ali's car. There is an iconic sing-along style bouncing ball each time the chorus plays.

Charts[edit]

Charts (1998)[3][4] Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 41
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 71
U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 29
U.S. Hot Rap Singles 18

Remake[edit]

In 2007, Danny!, influenced greatly by A Tribe Called Quest, reworked the "Technova" sample and created an updated version of "Find a Way" with reinterpreted lyrics titled "Check It Out". It was eventually released on his Danny Is Dead EP.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tribe Called Quest Focuses On New Disc . Rolling Stone (June 18, 1998). Accessed December 27, 2008.
  2. ^ Ratliff, Ben (November 27, 1998). POP REVIEW; After a Decade, Rap's Tribe Called Quest Goes Silent. The New York Times. Accessed December 22, 2008.
  3. ^ Warwick, Neil; Kutner, Jon; Brown, Tony (2004). The Complete Book of the British Charts, p. 1122. Omnibus Press. ISBN 1-84449-058-0.
  4. ^ allmusic ((( The Love Movement > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles ))). Allmusic. Accessed December 22, 2008.