Q-Tip Announces A Tribe Called Quest's November Album with New Phife Verses
Q-Tip posted the good news on Twitter when he announced A Tribe Called Quest were ready to let fans hear the new and final "cook up" album this November. The album will feature new verses from fallen group member Phife Dawg, recorded before his passing.
The timing just felt right for the remaining members of hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest to release their final "Paths of Rhythm" to their fans, in honor of Malik Taylor aka Phife Dawg who died earlier this year.
Q-Tip tweeted the announcement on the group's twitter page using multiple snapshots of what appeared to be a handwritten note explaining when and how the idea of the album all came to fruition.
"Last year this time myself, Jarobi, Ali and Phife had the extreme pleasure of performing on The Tonight Show," he reflected.
— ATCQ (@ATCQ) October 28, 2016
The TV performance was the first in 18 years that all group members performed together as a unit; as they once did before controversy found its way into their personal relationships as friends.
The energy and vibe felt during that first performance after an 18 year hiatus is what sparked their drive and dedication in the studio, to recreate that same vibe for their first album in 18 years.
The Love Movement released in 1998 was the group's fifth and final studio album - until now.
Unfortunately, Taylor died before the album's completion as a result of diabetes complications, according to the Urban Daily but, Jarobi, Ali and Abstract (Q-Tip) pushed forward the project to the finish line with the help of a few friends, rappers Busta Rhymes and Consequence.
"So we collected ourselves and along tribesman, Busta and Cons...we completed what will be, obviously the final A Tribe Called Quest Album!" tweeted the "Vivrant Thing" rapper.
Look forward to hearing the last album on Nov. 11.