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A Tribe Called Quest

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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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  • xnedelx

    yeeaaa!

    16 Jul 9:38pm Reply
  • adamofgenesis

    All the time Phife

    6 Jul 3:32am Reply
  • doctorjmo

    u on point??

    25 Jun 7:07pm Reply
  • SociopathYouth

    у меня просто не хватит словарного запаса что бы описать на сколько эта группа гениальна... пожалуй это одно из ярчайших и важнейших мгновений в хип-хоп музыке!

    23 Jun 3:53pm Reply
  • Mike_Collie

    The Low End Theory man. Amazing beats.

    21 Jun 8:34am Reply
  • usuallee

    The wackest crews try to dis it makes me laugh, when my track record's longer than a DC-20 aircraft. Damn I think I need to dust off my ATCQ CDs.

    9 Jun 8:42pm Reply
  • NamTkn

    Bringing it back tonight!

    7 Jun 2:22am Reply
  • ketamineface

    real hip-hop.

    31 May 11:12pm Reply
  • ifnedmerrillwas

    Beats that are hard, beats that are funky beats ya get ya hooked like a crackhead junky.

    19 May 11:32pm Reply
  • SamBeters

    When's the last time you heard a funky diabetic?

    17 May 1:22pm Reply
  • 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

    Clássico.

    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
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