According to L.A. Reid, the CEO of Epic Records, the members of the legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest are preparing to release an album soon. As noted by the music mogul, the group started working on the album before Phife Dawg's death in March.
Reid made the surprising revelation during the 65th episode of the Rap Radar Podcast. During the show, he said that the members of A Tribe Called Quest, which includes Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White and Phife Dawg got together earlier this year to record the album.
Reid also said that the upcoming LP will be a full studio album from the group featuring new and original material and not a compilation of unreleased tracks.
"[The LP is] a brand new album that they recorded before Phife passed away," he said during the podcast. "I'm really happy about it man, it's really something special. It's one of the things I'm most excited about over everything we're working on."
Members of A Tribe Called Quest have not yet confirmed Reid's statements but if they release the LP, then it will serve as the group's first album in 18 years. The last project that they worked on was The Love Movement, which came out in 1998. Although the members of the group stated that they would go their separate ways following the release of the album, they still performed together in live shows, according to Rolling Stone.
Before Phife Dawg died in March due to complications with his health, A Tribe Called Quest reunited in November last year on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform the 1990 hit "Can I Kick It?"