A Tribe Called Quest perform “Check the Rhime” with Paul Shaffer’s band on Late Night with David Letterman



In the 1990s, “King of the Rappers” David Letterman supported golden-era hip-hop, despite Arsenio being the main spot where MCs got down. As we saw when Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band backed the legendary James Brown, Paul is at it again, and as hip as ever, as his band plays with A Tribe Called Quest on “Check the Rhime,” interpolating the sampled parts—from the main bass line and keyboards from Minnie Riperton’s “Baby, This Love I Have,” as well as the horn line from Average White Band’s classic “Love Your Life.”

After watching this clip, it kinda makes you want to fall down a musical time-warp for the day. Who needs to work…?

Notes: Original broadcast on January 28, 1993. Letterman mentions that The Low End Theory had sold half a million copies to date; it was released in September 1991, so it had been over a year. Midnight Marauders would come out later that year in November 1993. In this performance, Phife is showing symptoms of diabetes.

Thanks to DJ Zeph for hipping us to this video.


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