A Tribe Called Quest

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This US male rap outfit originally comprised Q-Tip (b. Jonathan Davis ―later changed to Kamaal Ibn John Fareed in the mid-1990's upon conversion to Islam― 10 April 1970, New York, USA), DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad (b. 11 August 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, USA), Jarobi and Phife Dawg (b. Malik Taylor, 20 November 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, USA; d. 22 March 2016, USA). The group formed at high school in Manhattan, New York, where they started out as part of the Native Tongues Posse, with Queen Latifah and the Jungle Brothers, and were given their name by Afrika Baby Bambaataa of the Jungle Brothers.

Following their August 1989 debut, "Description Of A Fool", they had a hit with "Bonita Applebum" a year later, which was based on a real person from their school. Their biggest success came the following year with the laid-back "Can I Kick It?", demonstrative of their refined jazz/hip-hop blend. Q-Tip also appeared on Deee-Lite's August 1990 hit, "Groove Is In The Heart".

While their debut, "People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm", was more eclectic, and even self-consciously jokey, "The Low-End Theory" (recorded as a trio following the departure of Jarobi) blended boom bap beats with carefully selected jazz, funk, and soul melodies.

ATCQ was helped considerably by jazz bass player Ron Carter (who had worked with Miles Davis and John Coltrane). Tracks such as "The Infamous Date Rape" stoked controversy, while samples from Lou Reed, Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire were used in a frugal and intelligent manner. Q-Tip appeared in the 1993 movie "Poetic Justice" opposite Janet Jackson, and helped to produce Tony! Toni! Toné! (whose Raphael Wiggins made an appearance on "Midnight Marauders"), Nas, Shyheim and labelmate Shaquille O'Neal.

ATCQ was awarded the "Group Of The Year" honor at the inaugural Source Magazine Hip Hop Award Show in 1994 before being moved off stage by the arrival of 2Pac and his Thug Life crew, who were attempting to steal some publicity. Two years elapsed before "Beats, Rhymes And Life" debuted at number 1 on the Billboard album chart with highly evolved lyrics addressing issues with greater clarity as compared to their past recordings.

"The Love Movement", which debuted at US number 3 in October 1998, was another mature, stylish collection of material. However, it lacked the spark of their earlier works. ATCQ released "We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service" on November 4, 2016, nearly 18 years after "The Love Movement" album. In the midst of recording verses for the album as well as verses for his solo album, Phife Dawg passed away on March 22, 2016. During its first month of release, "We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service" was greeted with both critical acclaim and fan support.
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A Tribe Called Quest Discography Tracks

Albums

A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm album art A Tribe Called Quest People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm (Album) Jive Austria 1990 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory album art A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory (Album) Jive Europe 1991 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders album art A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders (Album) Jive US 1993 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest - Beats, Rhymes And Life album art A Tribe Called Quest Beats, Rhymes And Life (Album) Jive US 1996 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest - The Love Movement album art A Tribe Called Quest The Love Movement (Album) Jive Europe 1998 Sell This Version
9220204 A Tribe Called Quest - The Anthology album art A Tribe Called Quest The Anthology(Cass, S/Sided, Mixed, Mixtape, Promo) Jive 9220204 France 1999 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service album art A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service (Album) Epic Canada 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

A Tribe Called Quest - Description Of A Fool album art A Tribe Called Quest Description Of A Fool (Single, Maxi) Jive US 1989 Sell This Version
none A Tribe Called Quest - Pubic Enemy album art A Tribe Called Quest Pubic Enemy(Acetate, 12", S/Sided) RCA none US 1989 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest - Bonita Applebum Meets Mr. Muhammad album art A Tribe Called Quest Bonita Applebum Meets Mr. Muhammad (Single, Maxi) Jive UK 1990 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It? album art A Tribe Called Quest Can I Kick It? (Single, Maxi) Jive US 1990 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest - I Left My Wallet In El Segundo album art A Tribe Called Quest I Left My Wallet In El Segundo (Single, Maxi) Jive Germany 1989 Sell This Version
W9754 T, 7599-21595-0 A Tribe Called Quest - Doin' Our Own Dang album art Jungle Brothers Featuring De La Soul, Monie Love, Tribe Called Quest* , And Queen Latifah Jungle Brothers Featuring De La Soul, Monie Love, Tribe Called Quest* , And Queen Latifah - Doin' Our Own Dang(12") Eternal, Eternal W9754 T, 7599-21595-0 UK 1990 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest - Jazz (We've Got) album art A Tribe Called Quest Jazz (We've Got) (Single, Maxi) Jive US 1991 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest - Check The Rhime album art A Tribe Called Quest Check The Rhime (Single) Jive US 1991 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest - Scenario album art A Tribe Called Quest Scenario (Single, Maxi) Jive US 1992 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest - Luck Of Lucien album art A Tribe Called Quest Luck Of Lucien (Single) Jive UK 1992 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest - Hot Sex album art A Tribe Called Quest Hot Sex (Single, Maxi) Jive US 1992 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest - Award Tour album art A Tribe Called Quest Award Tour (Single, Maxi) Jive US 1993 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest - Electric Relaxation (Relax Yourself Girl) album art A Tribe Called Quest Electric Relaxation (Relax Yourself Girl) (Single, Maxi) Jive UK 1993 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest - Oh My God album art A Tribe Called Quest Oh My God (Maxi, Single) Jive US 1994 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest - A Tribe Called Quest EP album art A Tribe Called Quest A Tribe Called Quest EP (EP, Comp) Jive UK 1994 Sell This Version
GOD1 A Tribe Called Quest - Show Vinyl album art A Tribe Called Quest Show Vinyl(12") Jive GOD1 US 1994 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest - 1nce Again album art A Tribe Called Quest 1nce Again (Maxi, Single) Jive US 1996 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest - Stressed Out album art A Tribe Called Quest Stressed Out (Single, Maxi) Jive US 1996 Sell This Version

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michaelwiggan

michaelwiggan

March 21, 2017
ATCQ My Favorite Rap Group of All Time .... Too Many Hits!!! Hip Hop Jazz at It's Finest!!!...
ARW747

ARW747

March 23, 2016
RIP Phife Dawg. Without you there never be A Tribe Called Quest for me to listen to as a kid.
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credit-one

March 23, 2016
Rest in beats Phife...Today is a very sad day, your great music lives on...one love.
Apeman

Apeman

September 6, 2007
Possibly, one of the greatest groups to ever face Hip-Hop/Rap music.

Began in 1989 with the 'Description of A Fool' single and cameos on De La Soul's early material. Q-tip, Phife Dawg, turntablist Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and occasionally Jarobi White (the group's answer to Zeppo Marx), Their first album, "People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm" in 1990 was great, clean, positive fun, with some classics including 'I Left My Wallet In El Segundo'. 1991's 'The Low End Theory', is the breakthrough album for both Busta Rhymes ('Rooah! Rooah! Like A Dungen Dragon') and the Jazz-Rap scene of the early-mid 1990's. 'Midnight Marauders' from 1993 (my personal fave) also followed the steps of the second LP.

1996's 'Beats, Rhymes and Life' is darker (yet still positive), had some nice production from the late J Dilla (RIP). The Group's swan song was "The Love Movement" in 1998, that was lighter, with a "Love" theme on most of the tracks, with the production stylings of the previous LP, and (sadly) later disbanded.

The Tribe (along with Jarobi White) recently re-united for a tour, that ended in 2006.

Along with Gang Starr, De La Soul, Digable Planets and others, the Tribe are the greatest in the Hip-Hop-Jazz Hybrid and Let their legacy live on!!!

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