A Tribe Called Quest may not be as active in the music scene as they once were, but they will be reuniting on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a very special reunion performance.
The hip-hop group is slated to perform on Jimmy Fallon’s talk show on November 13. This will mark their first performance together since their 2013 appearance on Kanye West’s Yeezus tour in New York City.
Although they announced on Twitter that their opening for West would be their last performance, the group, which is composed of Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White, will come together to give their fans a very special number on the stage of Fallon’s late night show.
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A Tribe Called Quest will also be re-releasing their debut album, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, on Friday to celebrate its silver anniversary. It was released in 1990.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album, the group enlisted a few hip-hop greats. The People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm reissue will include Pharell Williams’ take on the group’s hit song “Bonita Applebaum” as well as J.Cole’s remix of the track “Can I Kick It?” and Cee-Lo’s rendition of “Footprints.”
A Tribe Called Quest – “Can I Kick It” feat. J.Cole
Q-Tip was amazed that their first record will be reissued 25 years after its first release. To him, it is an honor to have their hits remixed by some of this generation’s greatest artists.
“I had this album in my head for years before I did it,” Quest’s MC and producer Q-Tip said of their debut album. “Looking at it overall, to see the thoughts of a 16-year-old gain any kind of acknowledgement makes me feel like I have arrived… But to see it in this incarnation… I’m humbled.”
Speaking to Rolling Stone about Quest’s People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, MC Phife McDawg described his bandmate and producer Q-Tip as a “genius.”
“Epic LP that was way before its time!” McDawg said. “Q-Tip’s thought process was beyond genius, an album that 25 years later, you can still listen to from top to bottom!!!! I’ve often said there may be better emcees than Q-Tip, may be better producers than him as well, but tell me who can possibly be better than him at both? Call me biased, but I’ll wait!!!!!!!! (TICK, TICK, TICK).”
A Tribe Called Quest was formed in 1985 and parted ways in 1998. They have produced many classic hits including “Can I Kick It?,” “Bonita Applebum,” “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo,” “Check the Rhime,” “Scenario,” “Jazz (We’ve Got),” “Electric Relaxation,” and “Award Tour.”
The band released five albums in eight years before disbanding in 1998, but they reunited in 2006 for a concert tour.
A Tribe Called Quest are now considered pioneers of alternative hip-hop music. The group has received much acclaim from music critics and award-giving bodies. They took the number four spot on About.com‘s list of the”25 Best Rap Groups of all Time.”
Allmusic‘s John Bush regards the iconic hip-hop band as “the most intelligent, artistic rap group during the 1990s.” The group’s musical style made a huge impact on many new artists of that time.
Billboard R&B Hip Hop Awards honored hip-hop group with a Special Achievement Award in 2006 for its contribution to the music industry.
A Tribe Called Quest Documentary Earns Accolades
The band was the focus of director Michael Rapaport’s critically acclaimed 2011 documentary film Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest.
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