A Tribe Called Quest

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, on 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). They formed at 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 apparently based on a real person from their school.
Their biggest success came the following year with the laid-back "Can I Kick It?", typical of their refined jazz/hip-hop cross-match. A UK Top 20 single, it was later used extensively in television advertisements. Q-Tip also appeared on Deee-Lite's August 1990 hit, "Groove Is In The Heart".

As members of the Native Tongues Posse they were promoters of the Afrocentricity movement, which set out to make US Africans aware of their heritage, a theme emphasized in the group's music.

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) saw them return to their roots with a more bracing, harder funk sound.

They were helped considerably by jazz bass player Ron Carter (who had worked with Miles Davis and John Coltrane), whose contribution rather dominated proceedings. 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. By "Midnight Marauders" there were allusions to the rise of gangsta rap, although they maintained the optimism predominant on their debut. 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.

They were rewarded with the Group Of The Year category at the inaugural Source Magazine Hip Hop Award Show in 1994, before being pulled off the stage by the arrival of 2Pac and his Thug Life crew, attempting to steal some publicity. Two years elapsed before "Beats, Rhymes And Life" debuted at number 1 on the Billboard album chart. Their lyrics on this album were highly evolved, addressing issues with greater philosophy than the crude banter of their past recordings. Q-Tip's conversion to the Islamic faith in the mid-1990's may have had some bearing on this style.

"The Love Movement", which debuted at US number 3 in October 1998, was another mature, stylish collection of material that lacked the spark of their earlier work. ATCQ released "We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service" on November 4, 2016, nearly 18 years after their last album. In the midst of record 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, the album was greeted with both critical acclaim and fan support.
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A Tribe Called Quest Discography

Albums

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) Jive Europe 1991 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders (Album) Jive US 1993 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest Beats, Rhymes And Life (Album) Jive, Jive US 1996 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest The Love Movement (Album) Jive Europe 1998 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service (Album) Epic US 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

A Tribe Called Quest Description Of A Fool (Single, Maxi) Jive US 1989 Sell This Version
none A Tribe Called Quest Pubic Enemy(Acetate, 12", S/Sided) RCA none US 1989 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest Bonita Applebum / Mr. Muhammad (Single, Maxi) Jive UK 1990 Sell This Version
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 (Single, Maxi) Jive Germany 1989 Sell This Version
W9754 T, 7599-21595-0 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) (Single, Maxi) Jive US 1991 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest Check The Rhime (Single) Jive US 1991 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest Scenario (Single, Maxi) Jive US 1992 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest Luck Of Lucien (Single) Jive UK 1992 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest Hot Sex (Maxi, Single) Jive US 1992 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest Award Tour (Single, Maxi) Jive US 1993 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest Electric Relaxation (Relax Yourself Girl) (Single, Maxi) Jive UK 1993 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest Oh My God (Maxi, Single) Jive Germany 1993 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest A Tribe Called Quest EP (EP, Comp) Jive UK 1994 Sell This Version
GOD1 A Tribe Called Quest Show Vinyl(12") Jive GOD1 US 1994 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest 1nce Again (Maxi, Single) Jive US 1996 Sell This Version
A Tribe Called Quest Stressed Out (Single, Maxi) Jive US 1996 Sell This Version
Fugees Featuring A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes And Forte* Fugees Featuring A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes And Forte* - Rumble In The Jungle (Single) Mercury Europe 1996 Sell This Version

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NIZZU

NIZZU

March 23, 2016
edited 8 months ago
Buggin out :(
RIP Phife Dawg, you're a pioneer and will be sorely missed.
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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