Q-TIP (10 April 1970)
R.I.P. PHIFE DAWG (20 November 1970 – 22 March 2016)
ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD (11 August 1970)
JAROBI WHITE (1st July 1971)
associated with Hip Hop.
the East Coast sound of the early 1990s.
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.
QUEST, 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.
ATCQ 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.
On October 27th, 2016, the band announced their return in a very near future with, of course, a vibrant tribute to Phife.
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.
- 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.
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
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
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
D4. The Donald feat. Busta Rhymes and Katia Cadet
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
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?
25. Check The Rhime
26. Award Tour
27. Interlude – We Love You
28. Find A Way