IllVibetheTribe has emerged in the Charleston music scene as a cultural collective celebrating innovation and indie culture. Co-founders Asiah Mae, Sabrina Hyman and Samira Miche are helping to increase visibility for local and underground artists through social media posts, monthly mixes, curated visuals, live events and a range of art-related platforms.
We asked them each their top three songs of all time, and man, were we groovin' to these.
Asiah Mae, Director of Social Media Strategies
Prince, "The Beautiful Ones"
First off, it’s Prince, my purple angel. I grew up loving him, because my mother is the second biggest Prince fan I know, only bested by Marcus Amaker. There is no one greater than him to me, and this song came from one of the greatest soundtracks of all time. "Purple Rain" has to be one of my favorite movies, even if it’s not written the best, and this song always makes me feel so yellow and light.
"RENT" cast, "I’ll Cover You" (Reprise)
A SONG. A beautifully sad, emotive, crying-on-the-floor, holding-your-pillow song about love. The movie version is my favorite, because Jesse L. Martin sings from his soul with so much angst and passion, and then Tracie Thoms comes in (my contralto goddess) singing “With a thousand sweet kisses, I'll cover you” and you just bawl. Ugh, it’s amazing.
Tamia, "You Put a Move on My Heart"
Tamia is one of the most underrated R&B singers of the '90s. She was overcast by Mariah. But her debut song was amazing, and every time I hear it, I fall in love again and again. All hail my '90s queen.
Sabrina Hyman, Director of Communications and Partnerships
Minnie Riperton, "Adventures in Paradise"
The epitome of a jam. The instrumentation, the vocal breakdown: This song takes you on a wild ride, one that's impossible to sit still for. If you hear this song and you don't make that face where your mouth curls up and your eyes squint just a bit as if you're in disbelief of what your ears are experiencing, then you probably aren't alive.
Michael Jackson, "You Rock my World"
The full 13-minute-and-33-second version, because what's a song without an epic musical breakdown with the choreography to match. The first four seconds that this song hits, my face scrunches, my back breaks and my legs are in motion. This song is an instant good mood. It's hard to pick a favorite MJ jam, but for the purpose of the funk, we'll ride with this one.
You hit play and I don't care if you're walking, on the bus or a bike, you're instantly in an Oldsmobile. Your bestie just popped up passenger-side and you're cruising down the sunny South.
Samira Miche, Director of Operations and Tech
Third World, "Now That We Found Love"
I discovered vinyls in my youth. My grandfather got annoyed with me asking him to change each record after bouncing through four of his 100+ collections. Afterward, he patiently showed me how to place the vinyl and where/how to place the needle. I would go on to become fascinated with the Third World album "Journey to Addis" cover before playing it. As a child, I was a young artist, so the design style spoke to me before playing this reggae tune song over and over again.
Pete Rock & CL Smooth, "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)"
My father was born and raised in New York, so my golden era hip-hop influence started at an early age. This particular track I stumbled across playing a video game ("Streets Vol. 2") as the backdrop music. I was so impressed with it, I changed the game settings to repeat the track the entire time I was playing. DJ/Producer "Pete Rock" uses hard head-nodding bass and electrifying horns that exude so much soul, making him one of my favorite DJs to date. I was already listening to a lot of A Tribe Called Quest, who executed the same with their sound. The lyrics are always a pick-me-up.
Robert Glasper Experiment ft. Erykah Badu, "Afro Blue"
"Dream of a land, my soul is from." One line from the song matches with my imagination, the texture and feeling I get from listening to this song. Robert Glasper has done an incredible job of laying a sort of new foundation for new age jazz.