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Queens, New York City (1985 – 1998, 2006 – 2013)

A Tribe Called Quest was an influential hip hop group of the 1990s, originally formed in Queens, New York City in 1985. The group is composed of Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad. A fourth member, Jarobi White, was an intermittent collaborator appearing on their first album, but he left the group soon after, although he is mentioned as a ‘sometimes’ member on their third album liner notes. Along with De La Soul and Jungle Brothers, the group was a central part of the Native Tongues Posse, and enjoyed the most commercial success out of all the groups to emerge from that collective.

Q-Tip and Phife had grown up together in Queens, and met Muhammad in high school. The group’s name was coined by The Jungle Brothers, whose members attended the same school. Soon after, the group began performing live and recording on a local label. The group became a part of the Native Tongues family, a Hip-Hop artist collective also consisting of the groups Jungle Brothers, De La Soul and Black Sheep.

At the time of their inception, A Tribe Called Quest was within the hip-hop community for eschewing and macho posturing. Their lyrics focused on abstract and social issues such as the word “nigger”, date rape and consumerism. Musically, the group helped pioneer the style (along with groups such as Gang Starr and De La Soul). They made their studio debut in 1990 with People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.


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  • Kurt-Vonnegut

    microphone check 1, 2 what is this?

    28 Mar 2:16pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    dem guys are good

    27 Mar 6:17am Reply
  • fimikfimik

    The Low End Theory is one of the best albums of hip-hop in 90s

    15 Mar 6:41am Reply
  • magicznybueno

    Q-Tip flows - one of the best flows.

    10 Mar 2:08pm Reply
  • DickBigems

    Beats, Rhymes, and Life much safer than The Love Movement, which to me makes it a bit better because TLM just tries a little too much and falls short.

    28 Feb 12:00am Reply
  • DickBigems

    vv Which one?

    27 Feb 11:56pm Reply
  • kevinanthony21

    one of the dopest albums I ever heard!

    16 Feb 1:26pm Reply
  • YoxScorpion


    12 Feb 7:00am Reply
  • Sloane_Ranger

    I actually think Beats, Rhymes and Life is the group's weakest effort. Which is amazing to me because Dilla's other production around that time (Labcabincalifornia, Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1) are awesome. I think Tip & Ali Shaheed were just finding their footing. The Love Moment just sounds more confident.

    6 Feb 3:22am Reply
  • vividserenity

    @Coltranes_Ghost - there's still good stuff out there, especially in the underground. Check out Blu & Exile :). Also, more of you aTCQ fans need to also be listening to Q-Tip - he deserves more love.

    23 Jan 6:32pm Reply
  • Coltranes_Ghost

    Hip Hop... What happend?

    22 Jan 9:13am Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    Midnight Marauders and especially The Low End Theory are on a level of their own. No other ATCQ album can touch those. No other hip hop album can as far as that is concerned. That said Beats, Rhymes and Life is probably the best of the rest within the ATCQ discography.

    19 Jan 11:03pm Reply
  • DickBigems

    Beats, Rhymes, and Life is alright. The Love Movement likely won't do anything for you either. Of course though, those are not their best albums.

    11 Jan 2:43pm Reply
  • thefriendlydude

    "Beats, Rhymes And Life sounds really weak from my first listen. I hope The Love Movement isn't that bad." wow, you really need to keep listening to it. At first I didnt think it was anywhere near as good as MM or LET but after like 2 more listens I realized that it's also a fucking classic

    10 Jan 3:02am Reply
  • Slim_rafa


    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    Beats, Rhymes And Life sounds really weak from my first listen. I hope The Love Movement isn't that bad.

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Gaffes

    Their sense of rhythm has just few rivals.

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Cvyeeen

    Beats, rhymes & flow.

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • no_prophet87

    zeitlos... smooth.... immer wieder geil

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • MCLaimШишка !!!

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
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