Lupe Fiasco Doesn't Believe ATCQ Break-Up, Wants OutKast Reunion Bad [Video]
... I hope that the Tribe Called Quest
thing [isn't true]. I hope it's just them taking a break and they come back. I want OutKast to come back. I think these dudes are still credible, they still make great music. I still think Q-Tip's one of the best producers of all time." ("Whoolywood Shuffle") Q-Tip and his Tribe Called Quest
crew reportedly performed their final live performance in New York a few weeks ago.Fear not Tristate area! Kanye West has officially announced that Kendrick Lamar is indeed joining him on all the New York ... [ read more ]
Phife Dawg Talks Last A Tribe Called Quest Performances, Still Talking to Dilla+ More (VIDEO)
... with Okayplayer, Phife Dawg, the "five foot assassin", spoke on his favorite moments of the last Tribe shows, him talking to J. Dilla to this day, his next album and more. The Yeezus' tour's final Brooklyn performance last Wednesday (November 2oth) also marked the final time A Tribe Called Quest
would perform in Brooklyn. While there was sentimentality around the performances, Phife's favorite moment of the last Tribe shows were model's head turning appearance as Bonita Applebum. Phife Dawg stated that his first single off his upcoming album MUTTYmorPHosis will be a song entitled "Dear Dilla". After revealing that his favorite Dilla beat for Tribe was between "Wordplay" and "Find A Way" he spoke on still speaking to his fallen friend to this day on "Dear Dilla": It's just me talking to my homeboy up in the heavens letting him know we miss him, of course, and what's going on down here musically and with life in general. I know I can speak for a lot of different artists that he worked with and a lot of fans that he touched that we miss him. Check out the full interview below: Phife Dawg Talks Last A Tribe Called Quest
Performances, Still Talking to Dilla+ More (VIDEO) ... [ read more ]
Watch A Tribe Called Quest and Busta Rhymes Perform "Scenario" in 2013
... A Tribe Called Quest
performed the first of what Q-Tip has called the group's "FINAL 2 joints" last night at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, where they opened for Kanye West. (They'll play again on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.) Watch them bring out Busta Rhymes out for "Scenario" above via RealTalkNY. For context on where Q-Tip's at 15 years after Tribe's initial 1998 split, watch his expansive lecture at this year's Red Bull Music Academy. Watch A Tribe Called Quest
and Busta Rhymes Perform "Scenario" in 2013 ... [ read more ]
A Tribe Called Quest (1988-1998, 2006-)
Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Jarobi White1988-1990, 2006-
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The group is one of the seminal Hip-Hop acts of their era, but when A Tribe Called Quest first came out, several critics bashed them for not being catchy enough. In his review of ATCQ's first album People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, one Rolling Stone writer called the disc "one of the least danceable rap albums ever" and said it was "impossible to imagine how people would put this music to use."
A Tribe Called Quest founding member Q-Tip lost his home and record collection in 1994. A fire that started at a house party spread he was hosting spread and incinerated his whole pad. Fortunately, nobody was hurt and several of Q-Tip's good friends, such as Pete Rock, helped him rebuild his house and his spirit.
At first, Atlanta rapper T.I. began performing locally under the moniker Tip. Once he began to gain notoriety, he quickly changed his name so that fans wouldn't confuse him with Q-Tip, the founding member and rapper from A Tribe Called Quest. Q-Tip created his stage name by combining "Q" – which stands for Queens, his home borough in New York City – with "Tip," a nickname he earned in high school.
In "Check the Rhime," A Tribe Called Quest reference the speed of former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Lou Brock. Although Brock is known for breaking Ty Cobb's record for most stolen bases, he's often criticized for his judgment at the plate. Brock often hit singles and stuck out when he should have been walked. He ranks 55th all-time in doubles and is #13 on the list of players who have struck out the most over the course of their careers. Nevertheless, Brock's speed once on base is undeniable and he was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1985.
Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman is married to country star Keith Urban, but in the early 2000's, she had a fling with Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest. In 2003, Q-Tip admitted to an American radio station that he'd slept with the Oscar-winning actress. Before her marriage, Kidman was also romantically linked to Sherlock Holmes actor Jude Law as well as rocker Lenny Kravitz.
A Tribe Called Quest founding member Phife Dawg was diagnosed with diabetes in 1990 and has struggled with the condition ever since. In 2010, the rapper told The Urban Daily that the condition was hereditary (his mother had diabetes) and that it was made worse by ATCQ's busy touring schedule which caused him to eat too much fast food. Phife Dawg's kidneys began to fail in 1999 and he started dialysis in 2004. Eventually, his wife donated a kidney to him and he regained control over his diabetes before A Tribe Called Quest's reunion in 2008.
A Tribe Called Quest founding member Jarobi White left the group after their first album to pursue a career as a chef. In August 2011, White explained that his decision to leave ATCQ was partly due to money. When the group's first album sold over 800,000 copies, the four members were forced to split only $80,000 of royalties equally. White concluded that he needed to not only get away from New York City (which he called "racist" and "oppressive") but also that he needed a better source of income to fall back on. The rapper moved to Washington D.C. and since been considered an occasional member of A Tribe Called Quest.
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