This article on AV Club considers how A Tribe Called Quest’s most critically acclaimed album is their worst artistically. I felt the same thing happened with GRITS – I LOVE their first two albums, but hate everything after that – which is when they started to pick up steam and be featured on MTV. It’s not some kind of hipster hate of the popular – I kept buying the albums hoping they’re return to a sound more like The Roots. Eventually I gave up. I feel like the same happened with Childish Gambino – I really don’t like his first commercial release, but I loved his mixtapes. I hear the same said of Lupe Fiasco.
On an unrelated note, every time I read the band’s name, I thought of A Pimp Named Slickback from Boondocks.