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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 unique within the hip-hop community for eschewing gangsta rap 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 jazz-rap 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. Though this album was critically acclaimed and lead to a strong fan following, their next album, The Low End Theory (1991) was a massive artistic success, appearing on several best of the year lists. It is considered one of the most important hip-hop albums to date. The Low End Theory was followed by the equally strong Midnight Marauders (1993), while Beats, Rhymes and Life (1996) and The Love Movement (1998) did not meet with as much success. Following The Love Movement, the group disbanded in 1998. Q-Tip and Phife Dawg went on to pursue solo careers while Muhammad co-founded the R&B group Lucy Pearl. Recently, there have been rumors of a reunion between the trio, ignited by a spate of group concert apperances around the US, one of their recent appearances was at Bumbershoot, a three-day music festival in Seattle in 2006 and there has been little news of an upcoming album, leading some to believe that the rumors may be unfounded. Since then, the group have been touring on average every other year with the original four man lineup. Q-Tip stated that their last performances as a group took place during Kanye West's 2013 The Yeezus Tour. The official site is located at: http://www.atribecalledquest.com/ Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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Steve Biko (Stir It Up)

Midnight Marauders
Last Played on July 29, 2015 10:50am

Check The Rhime

The Low End Theory
Last Played on February 20, 2015 1:14am

Electric Relaxation

Midnight Marauders
Last Played on February 16, 2015 12:00am

Excursions

The Low End Theory
Last Played on February 13, 2015 6:58am

Scenario

The Low End Theory
Last Played on November 01, 2014 11:47am

Buggin' Out

Low End Theory
Last Played on November 01, 2014 10:08am

Bonita Applebum

People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm
Last Played on July 22, 2014 6:48am

Description of a fool

People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
Last Played on April 02, 2014 7:08am

Can I Kick It?

People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm
Last Played on March 24, 2014 5:30am

I Left My Wallet In El Segundo

People`s Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm
Last Played on February 14, 2014 9:45am

Award Tour

Midnight Marauders
Last Played on January 20, 2014 4:50am

Push It Along

People`s Instinctive Travels And The Path Of Rhythm
Last Played on January 19, 2014 10:21pm

Jazz (We've Got)

The Low End Theory
Last Played on January 07, 2014 12:27am

Find A Way

Love Movement
Last Played on January 05, 2014 1:51pm

OH MY GOD

Midnight Marauders

SKYPAGER

The Low End

ELECTRIC RELAXATION

Midnight Marauders

LUCK OF LUCIEN

People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm

LYRICS TO GO

Midnight Marauders

THE JAM

Beats, Rhymes, and Life

CLAP YOUR HANDS

Midnight Marauders

MIDNIGHT

Midnight Marauders

I LEFT MY WALLET IN EL SEGUNDO [VAMPIRE MIX]

BUGGIN' OUT

Low End Theory

ELECTRIC RELAXATION

Midnight Marauders