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"1nce Again" is a song by A Tribe Called Quest, released as the first single from their fourth album Beats, Rhymes and Life. It contains samples of "I'm Your Pal" by Gary Burton and "Untitled" by Cannonball Adderley, while the chorus is sung by Tammy Lucas. The song is the first ATCQ single to feature production by the late Jay Dee,[1] a member of The Ummah. The chorus is a recreation of the chorus of "Check the Rhime", a previous single from the group's second album The Low End Theory. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1997.[2]

"1nce Again"
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Single by A Tribe Called Quest
from the album Beats, Rhymes and Life
B-side"One, Two, Shit"
ReleasedJuly 1, 1996
FormatDigital download, 12" maxi single
GenreAlternative hip hop
LabelJive Records
Producer(s)The Ummah
A Tribe Called Quest singles chronology
"Oh My God"
"1nce Again"
"Stressed Out"

Music videoEdit

The music video (which was released in August 1996) begins with the group recreating the "Check the Rhime" video, with a crowd cheering, but Phife notices that the police have come to arrest them, so the group runs into a cleaner's store to hide. Throughout the video, the group runs through different sections of the store while rapping; Tammy Lucas is there, singing the chorus. At the end, the police see the group running away, up a flight of stairs. The group get on the roof, at night, and they jump off the building as the video ends. Busta Rhymes makes an appearance in the music video.


  1. ^ A Tribe Called Quest – Stressed Out Discogs. Accessed on April 29, 2017.
  2. ^ Beats Rhymes & Life (1996) Accessed on August 1, 2010.