A Tribe Called Quest is one of Hip Hops most legendary, beloved and revered groups of all time and for good reason. Easily recognized for their unique approach to rap music by employing jazz infused soundscapes to Afro centric rhymes, sans the jaded and often nihilistic aggressive posturing associated with Hip Hop, A Tribe Called Quest was largely responsible for the popularity of a new genre that dominated the East Coast sound of the early 1990s.


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Queens, New York natives Q-Tip, Phife Dawg , and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of Brooklyn, formed ATCQ in 1985. Jarobi, the honorary member of ATCQ, though not always heard, was a fixture of the group in heart and in friendship. QUEST, the original name of the group, was later given the prefix A Tribe Called by their high school buddies, The Jungle Brothers, while recording "Black Is Black" for their album Straight Out The Jungle. ATCQ, along with the Jungle Brothers and De La Soul, formed a unit called The Native Tongues. With a building buzz around The Native Tongues and Tribes energetic live performances, ATCQ landed a major recording contract with Jive Records in 1989.



Sonically, ATCQ was a decisive and welcomed tangent of jazz, bass-heavy rhythmic vibes and eclectic sampling when compared to the mundane recycling of soul loops, breaks and vocals of their contemporaries. Lyrically, emcees Q-Tip and Phife Dawg addressed social issues relevant to young blacks such as use of the n word and its relevance, date rape and other interpersonal relationships, industry politics and consumerism with infectious energy and fun and having a good time while still promoting positivity.

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ATCQ composed a number of successful singles and albums with their creative approach to rap music. In 1990, the group released Peoples Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, scoring several memorable songs including "Bonita Applebum", "Can I Kick It" and "I Left my Wallet in El Segundo". It was their sophomore effort, The Low End Theory, considered one of the greatest follow-ups in Hip Hop  history, that would solidify them as legends. Released in late 1991, the freedom expressed in the creation and feel of this record – along with its successor Midnight Marauders – influenced many future artists and producers such as Common, The Roots, Jill Scott, Kanye West and The Neptunes. These artists are a part of ATCQs legacy and are evidence of ATCQs impact for years to come. Classics like "Award Tour", "Electric Relaxation", "Check The Rhyme" and "Scenario" defined ATCQs sound during this period.


In 1996, ATCQs fourth album, Beats, Rhymes & Life, was released. The Ummah – a production team consisting of Q-Tip , Ali Shaheed and newcomer and stellar talent Jay Dee (now Jay Dilla of Slum Village) – was established the same year. The team worked together to share their aural aesthetic with other artists like Janet Jackson, DAngelo, and Faith Evans.


ATCQ continued to perfect and advance their sound, displaying their unique take on Hip Hop. It was with the completion of their fifth studio album, The Love Movement, that ATCQ chose to exit the proverbial stage.


In recent years, the anticipation for another ATCQ album has been building. The Abstract Poetic, Five Foot Assasin , and Mr. Muhammad have yet to grace the studio for another record, but have hit the road again. Today, the power of their music is still evident in their dynamic stage shows and in the reception of their adoring fans.


A Tribe Called Quests anomalous posture has changed the face and sound of Hip Hop and paved the way for future groups, artists, producers and even fans to be unapologetic about their creative expression. With or without future recordings, ATCQs legacy lives on in the groups creative innovation that is recognized as a profound contribution to musical history.


In 2006, Jarobi joined A Tribe Called Quest on stage during his performance at the Bumbershoot festival and on their sixth LP.


Unfortunately, le march 22nd 2016, Phife Dawg dies at home at the age of 45 due to complications related to diabetes.


the Funky Soul story - Phife Dawg (November 20, 1970 – March 22, 2016)


On October 27th, 2016, the band announced their return in a very near future with, of course, a vibrant tribute to Phife.



On the 11th of November, we released their 6th album, We Got It From Here ... Thank You 4 Your Service with many collaborations, André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, Kanye West, Anderson Paak, Talib Kweli... without forgetting Consequence and Busta Rhymes. The album also includes contributions from Phife Dawg, recorded before his death.


Tracklist :

  • Whateva Will Be feat. Consequence.
  • Solid Wall of Sound feat. Busta Rhymes, Jack White, and Elton John.
  • Dis Generation feat. Busta Rhymes.
  • Kids... feat. André 3000.
  • Melatonin feat. Marsha Ambrosius and Abbey Smith.
  • Mobius feat. Busta Rhymes and Consequence.
  • The Killing Season feat. Consequence, Talib Kweli, and Kanye West.
  • Lost Somebody feat. Katia Cadet.
  • Movin Backwards feat. Anderson Paak.
  • Conrad Tokyo feat. Kendrick Lamar.
  • The Donald feat. Busta Rhymes and Katia Cadet.




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01. Push It Along

02. Luck Of Lucien

03. After Hours

04. Footprints

05. I Left My Wallet In El Segundo

06. Public Enemy

07. Bonita Applebum (includes 'Can I Kick It' Intro)

08. Can I Kick It?

09. Youthful Expression

10. Rhythm (Devoted To The Art Of Moving Butts)

11. Ham 'N' Eggs

12. Mr. Muhammad

13. Go Ahead In The Rain

14. Description Of A Fool


01. Excursions

02. Buggin' Out

03. Rap Promoter

04. Butter

05. Verses From The Abstrac

06. Show Business

07. Vibes And Stuff

08. Infamous Date Rap

09. Check The Rhyme

10. Everything Is Fair

11. Jazz (We've Got)

12. Skypager

13. What?

14. Scenario (LP Mix)


ATCQ - Midnight Marauders (1993)

01. Midnight Marauders Tour Guide

02. Steve Biko (Stir It Up)

03. Award Tour

04. 8 Million Stories

05. Sucka Nigga

06. Midnight

07. We Can Get down

08. Electric Relaxation


09. Clap Your Hands

10. Oh My God

11. Keep It Rollin'

12. The chase, Part. II

13. Lyrics

14. God Lives Through



 01. Phony Rapper

02. Get A Hold

03. Motivator

04. The Jam

05. Crew

06. The Pressure

07. 1nce Again (Radio Version) feat. Tammy Lucas

08. Mind Power

09. The Hop

10. Keeping It Moving

11. Baby Phife's Return

12. Separate/Together

13. What Really Goes On

14. Word Play

15. Stressed Out feat. Faith Evans



01. Start It Up

02. Find A Way

03. Da Booty

04. Steppin' It Up feat. Busta Rhymes & Redman

05. Like It Like That (Album Version)

06. Common Ground (Get It Goin' On) feat. Spanky

07. 4 Moms feat. Spanky

08. His Name Is Mutty Ranks

09. Give Me feat. Noreaga

10. Pad & Pen feat. D-Life

11. Busta's Lament

12. Hot 4 U

13. Against The World feat. Spanky

14. The Love

15. Rock Rock Y'all feat. Punchline, Wordsworth, Jane Doe & Mos Def

16. Scenario (Remix)

17. Money Maker

18. Hot Sex (Album Version)

19. Oh My God (Remix)

20. Jazz (We've Got) (Re-Recording)

21. One Two Sh*t featuring Busta Rhymes



01. Check The Rhime

02. Bonita Applebum

03. Award Tour (LP Version)

04. Can I Kick It? (Contains Intro Of "Can I Kick It?")

05. Scenario (LP Mix)

06. Buggin' Out

07. If The Papes Come

08. Electric Relaxation

09. Jazz (We've Got)

10. I Left My Wallet In El Segundo

11. Hot Sex

12. Oh My God

13. Stressed Out (LP Version) featuring Faith Evans

14. Luck Of Lucien

15. Description Of A Fool

16. Keeping It Moving

17. Find A Way

18. Sucka Nigga

19. Vivrant Thing



01. Oh My God (Remix)

02. Award Tour (LP Version)

03. Can I Kick It? (Contains Intro Of "Can I Kick It?")

04. One Two Sh*t featuring Busta Rhymes

05. Electric Relaxation (Relax Yourself Girl)

06. Mr. Incognito

07. I Left My Wallet In El Segundo

08. Check The Rhime

09. Lyrics To Go (Tumblin' Dice Remix)

10. Scenario (LP Mix)

11. Same Ol' Thing

12. Buggin' Out

13. Bonita Applebum

14. Jazz (We've Got)

15. Glamour & Glitz

16. Clap Your Hands

17. The Night He Got Caught

18. Peace, Prosperity & Paper


A Tribe Called Quest - 2016 - We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service

cd 01

01. The Space Program

02. We The People...

03. Whateva Will Be

04. Solid Wall Of Sound

05. Dis Generation

06. Kids...

07. Melatonin

08. Enough!!


cd 02

01. Mobius

02. Black Spasmodic

03. The Killing Season

04. Lost Somebody

05. Movin Backwards

06. Conrad Tokyo

07. Ego

08. The Donald



01 - DJ PHANTOM - Intro
02 - Clap Your Hands
03 - Da Booty
04 - One, Two, Shit Feat. Busta Rhymes
05 - Oh My God remix
06 - Give Me Feat. Noreaga
07 - Keeping It Moving
08 - Jam
09 - The Pressure
10 - Oh My God Feat. Busta Rhymes
11 - Steppin' It Up Feat. Busta Rhymes & Redman
12 - Award Tour Feat. Trugoy The Dove
13 - Can I Kick It ?
14 - Baby Phife's Return
15 - Lyrics To Go (Tumblin' Dice remix)
16 - Electric Relaxation
17 - I Left My Wallet In El Segundo
18 - Scenario remix Feat. Leaders Of The New School & Kid Hood

Playlist : Jazz (We've Got) Buggin' Out / Scenario / Electric Relaxation / Bonita Applebum / I Left My Wallet In El Segundo / Can I Kick It? / Check The Rime / 1nce Again