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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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  • sjm26b

    The Beatles of Hip-Hop

    12 Sep 3:21am Reply
  • pavskies

    I like how my iTunes lists A Tribe Called Quest on the artist list above everyone else.

    6 Sep 4:21am Reply
  • gruzzly

    @skinee Phife has said that he has sons in an interview i think

    30 Aug 6:20pm Reply
  • FCA19795

    I can't believe I have not scrobbled Tribe yet!?

    25 Aug 6:02pm Reply
  • Carpe4Diem

    гениальное явление в хип-хопе [2]

    25 Aug 3:19pm Reply
  • SkinneeJay

    Phife really hates women. I wonder if he lost his virginity yet.

    23 Aug 6:52pm Reply
  • shiyona


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  • frohn_jusciante

    гениальное явление в хип-хопе и единственные, кому The Source дал 5 микрофонов дважды первоначально. The Low End Theory в том небольшом списке вообще лучший.

    5 Aug 11:03am Reply
  • xnedelx


    16 Jul 9:38pm 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
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