A Tribe
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Called Quest

Q-TIP  (10 April 1970)
R.I.P.  PHIFE DAWG  (20 November 1970  –  22 March 2016)
  (11 August 1970)
JAROBI WHITE  (1st July 1971)

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A Tribe Called Quest is one of Hip Hops most legendary, beloved and revered groups of all time and for good reason. Easily recognized for their unique approach to rap music by employing jazz infused soundscapes to Afro centric rhymes, sans the jaded and often nihilistic aggressive posturing
associated with Hip Hop.
A Tribe Called Quest was largely responsible for the popularity of a new genre that dominated
the East Coast sound of the early 1990s.
Queens, New York natives Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of Brooklyn,
formed ATCQ in 1985.
Jarobi White, the honorary member of ATCQ, though not always heard,
was a fixture of the group in heart and in friendship.

ATCQ - Q-Tip
ATCQ - Phife Dawg
Phife Dawg
ATCQ - Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Ali Shaheed Muhammad
ATCQ - Jarobi
Jarobi White

, the original name of the group, was later given the prefix “A Tribe Called” by their high school buddies, The Jungle Brothers, while recording Black Is Black” for their album Straight Out The Jungle.

ATCQ, along with the Jungle Brothers and De La Soul, formed a unit called The Native Tongues. With a building buzz around The Native Tongues and Tribes energetic live performances, ATCQ landed a major recording contract with Jive Records in 1989.

Sonically, ATCQ was a decisive and welcomed tangent of jazz, bass-heavy rhythmic vibes and eclectic sampling when compared to the mundane recycling of soul loops, breaks and vocals of their contemporaries. Lyrically, emcees Q-Tip and Phife Dawg addressed social issues relevant to young blacks such as use of the “n” word and its relevance, date rape and other interpersonal relationships, industry politics and consumerism with infectious energy and fun and having a good time while still promoting positivity.

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composed a number of successful singles and albums with their creative approach to rap music. In 1990, the group released Peoples Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, scoring several memorable songs including Bonita Applebum”, Can I Kick It?” and “I Left my Wallet in El Segundo”.

It was their sophomore effort, The Low End Theory, considered one of the greatest follow-ups in Hip Hop  history, that would solidify them as legends. Released on September 24, 1991, the freedom expressed in the creation and feel of this record – along with its successor Midnight Marauders – influenced many future artists and producers such as Common, The Roots, Jill Scott, Kanye West and The Neptunes.

These artists are a part of ATCQs legacy and are evidence of ATCQs impact for years to come. Classics like “Award Tour”, Electric Relaxation”, Check The Rhyme” and Scenario” defined ATCQs sound during this period.

In 1996, ATCQs fourth album, Beats, Rhymes & Life, was released.
The Ummah – a production team consisting of Q-Tip , Ali Shaheed and newcomer and stellar talent Jay Dee (now Jay Dilla of Slum Village) – was established the same year. The team worked together to share their aural aesthetic with other artists like Janet Jackson, D’Angelo, and Faith Evans.

ATCQ continued to perfect and advance their sound, displaying their unique take on Hip Hop. It was with the completion of their fifth studio album, The Love Movement, that ATCQ chose to exit the proverbial stage.

In recent years, the anticipation for another ATCQ album has been building. The Abstract Poetic, Five Foot Assasin and Mr. Muhammad have yet to grace the studio for another record, but have hit the road again. Today, the power of their music is still evident in their dynamic stage shows and in the reception of their adoring fans.

A Tribe Called Quests anomalous posture has changed the face and sound of Hip Hop and paved the way for future groups, artists, producers and even fans to be unapologetic about their creative expression. With or without future recordings, ATCQs legacy lives on in the groups creative innovation that is recognized as a profound contribution to musical history.

In 2006, Jarobi joined A Tribe Called Quest on stage during his performance at the Bumbershoot festival and on their sixth LP.

Unfortunately, march 22nd 2016, Phife Dawg dies at home at the age of 45 due to complications related to diabetes.

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On October 27th, 2016, the band announced their return in a very near future with, of course, a vibrant tribute to Phife.

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On the 11th of November, we released their 6th album, We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service with many collaborations, André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, Kanye West, Anderson Paak, Talib Kweli… without forgetting Consequence and
Busta Rhymes.
The album also includes contributions from Phife Dawg, recorded before his death.

Tracklist :

  • Whateva Will Be feat. Consequence.
  • Solid Wall of Sound feat. Busta Rhymes, Jack White, and Elton John.
  • Dis Generation feat. Busta Rhymes.
  • Kids… feat. André 3000.
  • Melatonin feat. Marsha Ambrosius and Abbey Smith.
  • Mobius feat. Busta Rhymes and Consequence.
  • The Killing Season feat. Consequence, Talib Kweli, and Kanye West.
  • Lost Somebody feat. Katia Cadet.
  • Movin Backwards feat. Anderson Paak.
  • Conrad Tokyo feat. Kendrick Lamar.
  • The Donald feat. Busta Rhymes and Katia Cadet.
source : official website
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Black to the Music - ATCQ - 1990 Peoples' Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm

A1. Push It Along
A2. Luck Of Lucie
A3. After Hours
A4. Footprints
A5. I Left My Wallet In El Segundo

B1. Bonita Applebum (includes ‘Can I Kick It’ Intro)
B2. Can I Kick It?
B3. Youthful Expression
B4. Rhythm (Devoted To The Art Of Moving Butts)
B5. Mr. Muhammad
B6. Ham ‘N’ Eggs

Black to the Music - ATCQ - 1991 The Low End Theory

A1. Excursions
A2. Buggin’ Out
A3. Rap Promoter
A4. Butter

B1. Verses From The Abstrac
B2. Show Business
B3. Vibes And Stuff

C1. Infamous Date Rap
C2. Check The Rhyme
C3. Everything Is Fair

D1. Jazz (We’ve Got)
D2. Skypager
D3. What?
D4. Scenario (LP Mix)

Black to the Music - ATCQ - 1993 Midnight Marauders

A1. Midnight Marauders Tour Guide
A2. Steve Biko (Stir It Up)
A3. Award Tour
A4. 8 Million Stories
A5. Sucka Nigga
A6. Midnight
A7. We Can Get down

B1. Electric Relaxation
B2. Clap Your Hands
B3. Oh My God
B4. Keep It Rollin’
B5. The chase, Part. II
B6. Lyrics
B7. God Lives Through

Black to the Music - ATCQ - 1996 Beats, Rhymes & Life

A1. Phony Rapper
A2. Get A Hold
A3. Motivator

B1. The Jam
B2. Crew
B3. The Pressure
B4. 1nce Again (Radio Version) feat. Tammy Lucas

C1. Mind Power
C2. The Hop
C3. Keeping It Moving
C4. Baby Phife’s Return

D1. Separate/Together
D2. What Really Goes On
D3. Word Play
D4. Stressed Out feat. Faith Evans

Black to the Music - ATCQ - 1998 The Love Movement

A1. Start It Up
A2. Find A Way
A3. Da Booty

B1. Steppin’ It Up feat. Busta Rhymes & Redman
B2. Like It Like That (Album Version)
B3. Common Ground (Get It Goin’ On) feat. Spanky
B4. 4 Moms feat. Spanky
B5. His Name Is Mutty Ranks

C1. Give Me feat. Noreaga
C2. Pad & Pen feat. D-Life
C3. Busta’s Lament
C4. Hot 4 U

D1. Against The World feat. Spanky
D2. The Love
D3. Rock Rock Y’all feat. Punchline, Wordsworth, Jane Doe & Mos Def

E1. Scenario (Remix)
E2. Money Maker
E3. Hot Sex (Album Version)

F1. Oh My God (Remix)
F2. Jazz (We’ve Got) (Re-Recording)
F3. One Two Sh*t featuring Busta Rhymes

Black to the Music - ATCQ - 2016 We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service

cd 01

A1. The Space Program
A2. We The People…
A3. Whateva Will Be feat. Consequence
A4. Solid Wall Of Sound feat. Busta Rhymes, Jack White and Elton John

B1. Dis Generation feat. Busta Rhymes
B2. Kids… feat. André 3000
B3. Melatonin feat. Marsha Ambrosius and Abbey Smith
B4. Enough!!

cd 02

C1. Mobius feat. Busta Rhymes and Consequence
C2. Black Spasmodic
C3. The Killing Season feat. Consequence, Talib Kweli and Kanye West
C4. Lost Somebody feat. Katia Cadet

D1. Movin Backwards feat. Anderson Paak
D2. Conrad Tokyo feat. Kendrick Lamar
D3. Ego
D4. The Donald feat. Busta Rhymes and Katia Cadet

2019 - Live In Chicago '98

01. Introductions
02. Common Ground
03. Buggin Out
04. Oh My God
05. Interlude – Say Turn It Up
06. Da Booty
07. Interlude – A Lotta Enchilada
08. Everything Is Fair
09. Interlude – I Wanna Sing A Song For You
10. Bonita Applebum
11. Start It Up
12. Sucka Nigga
13. Jazz
14. Steve Bilko
15. Interlude – What We Did Together
16. Hot Sex
17. What? (Freestyle)
18. Verses From The Abstract
19. Lyrics To Go
20. I Left My Wallet In El Segundo
21. Electric Relaxation
22. Interlude – Beat Box + Hello
23. Can I Kick It?
24. Scenario
25. Check The Rhime
26. Award Tour
27. Interlude – We Love You
28. Find A Way