A Tribe Called Quest’s Final Album Has an Official Release Date
The final A Tribe Called Quest album is definitely dropping and it has an official release date. After months of buzz, Q-Tip announced the news via a heartfelt Facebook post to the legendary group's fans. The new, as-of-yet untitled A Tribe Called Quest album is set to be released November 11.
In his message, Q-Tip proclaimed that "On November 11, 2016 we will complete our paths of rhythm" and revealed that the quartet's performance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon last year helped reignite their desire to record together as a group again.
"It was our first TV performance in 18 years," Tip explained. "The energy for us that night was one that we hadn't experienced onstage together in some time."
Q-Tip also notes that it was the evening of the Paris bombing.
"As we left 30 Rock, I felt the need, we all did, to get back to the studio and start that cook up. So we got to it," he shared. "It was coming together nicely."
One of the 1990s most acclaimed and influential acts, A Tribe Called Quest hasn't released an official studio album since 1998s The Love Movement; the group lost longtime member Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor on March 22. The 45-year old died after a lengthy battle with diabetes. But despite Phife's death, Q-Tip assures the public that this project isn't recycled material from a vault of old recordings.
“No this isn’t filled with old Phife bars," he wrote. "This is that pure, unstepped on pure!”
"He left us with the blue print of what we had to do."
Tip, Jarobi White and Ali Shaheed Muhammad worked with long-standing ATCQ affiliates Busta Rhymes and Consequence to finish the project.
"We completed what will be, obviously, the final A Tribe Called Quest album," Tip says.
You can read Q-Tip's Facebook message below.