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A Tribe Called Quest

Band, 1985-1998 US, St. Albans, Queens

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 in high school in 1988 in Queens, New York City, NY, 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.

PortraitAli Shaheed Muhammad
b, ttbl *1970 US
PortraitMalik Taylor
1970-2016 US
PortraitKamaal Fareed
voc *1970 US
Jarobi White
Popular Tracks   
Can I Kick It? on People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm by A Tribe Called Quest
Electric Relaxation on The Anthology by A Tribe Called Quest
Check the Rhime on The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest
Award Tour (feat. Trugoy The Dove) on Midnight Marauders by A Tribe Called Quest
Find a Way on The Love Movement by A Tribe Called Quest
The Hop on Beats, Rhymes & Life by A Tribe Called Quest
Jazz (We've Got) on The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest
Buggin' Out on The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest
Scenario (feat. Busta Rhymes, Dinco D & Charlie Brown) - LP Mix on The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest
Excursions on The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
We The People.... / Dis GenerationA Tribe Called Quest2017Single
Rare And Unreleased Instrumentals Volumes 1+2A Tribe Called Quest2017Album
We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your ServiceA Tribe Called Quest2016Album
Forty Days / Luck Of LucienBilly Brooks / A Tribe Called Quest2015Single
Award Tour (Jim Sharp Revisit)A Tribe Called Quest2013Single
Bizarre Tribe - A Quest To The PharcydeA Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, Amerigo Gazaway2012Album
Abstract RevelationsA Tribe Called Quest2012Album
Beats Rhymes & Life The Travels Of A Tribe Called QuestA Tribe Called Quest2011Album Presents Buggin' Out: A Best Of A Tribe Called QuestA Tribe Called Quest2011Album
The CollectionA Tribe Called Quest2009Compil.
The Best Of A Tribe Called QuestA Tribe Called Quest2008Compil.
Doping Classics 2A Tribe Called Quest / De La Soul2006Album
A Tribe Called Quest Presents Hidden QuestA Tribe Called Quest2006Album
A Tribe Called Quest Edition Volume 2A Tribe Called Quest2006Album
The Lost TribesA Tribe Called Quest2006Compil.
A Tribe Called Quest EditionA Tribe Called Quest2006Album
The Best Of A Tribe Called Quest Vol. 1SpitKicker & Smokin' Needles Presents A Tribe Called Quest2005Album
The Very Best Of Tribe Called QuestA Tribe Called Quest2005Album
InstrumentalA Tribe Called Quest2004Compil.
The Best Of... A Tribe Called Quest: Back 1nce AgainA Tribe Called Quest2004Compil.
I See You (Doin It)Kopikat vs. A Tribe Called Quest2004Album
Hits, Rarities, & RemixesA Tribe Called Quest2003Compil.
I C U (Doin' It)A Tribe Called Quest2003Album
Native Tongues - Unreleased & UnleashedA Tribe Called Quest2002Album
A Video AnthologyA Tribe Called Quest2002Album
The Jam EP Vol. 3A Tribe Called Quest2001Album
The Jam EP Vol. 4A Tribe Called Quest2001Album
The Jam EP Vol. 2A Tribe Called Quest2001Album
New School "Funky Tribe" MixesA Tribe Called Quest2000Album
Old School Vs. New SchoolKool Moe Dee / A Tribe Called Quest1999Album
The AnthologyA Tribe Called Quest1999Compil.
The Anthology - Mix by D.J. Pogo of The EnforcersA Tribe Called Quest1999Album
The Love Movement 6 Tracks SamplerA Tribe Called Quest1998Album
Give MeA Tribe Called Quest1998Album
The Love MovementA Tribe Called Quest1998Album
The Love Movement SamplerA Tribe Called Quest1998Album
Like It Like ThatA Tribe Called Quest1998Album
Old School Vs. New SchoolA Tribe Called Quest / The Stone Roses1998Album
The Love MovementA Tribe Called Quest1998Album
Find A WayA Tribe Called Quest1998Album
Bonita Applebum / I Left My Wallet In El SegundoA Tribe Called Quest1997Album
Use Street DJ OnlyA Tribe Called Quest1997Compil.
Check The Rhime / Award TourA Tribe Called Quest1997Album
The Jam EPA Tribe Called Quest1997Album
Scenario / Oh My God / Jazz (We've Got)A Tribe Called Quest1997Compil.
Stressed OutA Tribe Called Quest1996Album
Beats, Rhymes And LifeA Tribe Called Quest1996Album
Rumble In The JungleFugees Featuring A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes And John Forte1996Single
ClassicsA Tribe Called Quest1996Compil.
1nce AgainA Tribe Called Quest1996Album
A Tribe Called Quest EPA Tribe Called Quest1994Compil.
Oh My GodA Tribe Called Quest1994Single
Show VinylA Tribe Called Quest1994Album
Midnight Marauders And The Low End Theory - The VideosA Tribe Called Quest1994Album
Electric Relaxation (Relax Yourself Girl)A Tribe Called Quest1994Album
Award TourA Tribe Called Quest1993Album
Midnight MaraudersA Tribe Called Quest1993Album
Revised Quest For The Seasoned TravellerA Tribe Called Quest1992Compil.
Hot SexA Tribe Called Quest1992Album
Luck Of LucienA Tribe Called Quest1992Single
ScenarioA Tribe Called Quest1992Single
Jazz (We've Got)A Tribe Called Quest1991Album
People's Instinctive RemixesA Tribe Called Quest1991Compil.
Check The RhimeA Tribe Called Quest1991Single
The Low End TheoryA Tribe Called Quest1991Album
I Left My Wallet In El SegundoA Tribe Called Quest1990Album
Bonita Applebum Meets Mr. MuhammadA Tribe Called Quest1990Album
The Art Of Moving Butts In Europe - LiveA Tribe Called Quest1990Album
Can I Kick It?A Tribe Called Quest1990Single
People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of RhythmA Tribe Called Quest1990Album
Pubic EnemyA Tribe Called Quest1989Album
Description Of A FoolA Tribe Called Quest1989Album
The Lost Demo'sA Tribe Called QuestAlbum
Rock-n-Roll / FacesConsequence / A Tribe Called QuestAlbum
Volume 2 Double LP - Greatest HitsA Tribe Called QuestCompil.
UntitledA Tribe Called QuestAlbum
Rap Classics Vol.2A Tribe Called Quest / DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh PrinceAlbum
Practice SessionA Tribe Called QuestAlbum
UntitledA Tribe Called Quest / Q-TipCompil.
Put It DownA Tribe Called QuestAlbum
Bound To Wreck Your BodyA Tribe Called QuestAlbum
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