A Tribe Called Quest

Also known as A Tribe Ca. Que., A Tribe Called, A Tribe Called Theft, A Tribe Kalled Quest, A.T.C.Q, A.T.C.Q., ATCQ, Bloods From A Tribe Kalled Quest, The, T C Q, TCQ, Trbe Called Quest, Tribe, Tribe C. Q., Tribe C.Q., Tribe Called Quest, Tribe Guy, The, Tribe Quest
Members of A Tribe Called Quest: Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi, Kamaal Fareed, Malik Taylor
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Discography of A Tribe Called Quest:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 People's Instinctive Remixes 6 Audio 1990-00-00 Zomba Records
2 Revised Quest For The Seasoned Traveller 12 Audio 1992-00-00 Zomba Records
3 Bonita Applebum 2 Audio 1990-00-00 Jive
4 Can I Kick It? 4 Audio 1990-00-00 Jive
5 Old School Vs. New School 4 Audio 1999 Jive Electro
6 Description Of A Fool 3 Audio 1989 Jive
7 I Left My Wallet In El Segundo (Norman Cook Independence Mix) 2 Audio 1991 Jive
8 Luck Of Lucien / Butter 4 Audio 1991 Jive
9 The Low End Theory 14 Audio 1991 Jive
10 People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm 14 Audio
11 The Love Movement 21 Audio 1998 Jive
12 Beats, Rhymes And Life 15 Audio 1996-07-30 Jive
13 Midnight Marauders 14 Audio 1993 Jive
14 Electric Relaxation (Relax Yourself Girl) 4 Audio 1994 Jive
15 Stressed Out 5 Audio 1996 Jive
16 Stressed Out 6 Audio 1996 Jive
17 Scenario / Oh My God / Jazz (We've Got) 7 Audio 1997 Jive
18 Bonita Applebum / I Left My Wallet In El Segundo 6 Audio 1997 Jive
19 Check The Rhime / Award Tour 6 Audio 1997 Jive
20 Midnight Marauders 14 Audio 1993 Jive
21 People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm 14 Audio 1996 Jive
22 The Low End Theory 12 Audio 1991 Jive
23 Midnight Marauders 15 Audio 1993 Jive
24 Award Tour 4 Audio 1993-00-00 Jive
25 Jazz (We've Got) 4 Audio 1991 Jive
26 EP 4 Audio 1994 Jive
27 Bonita Applebum 5 Audio 2001 Not On Label (A Tribe Called Quest)
28 Can I Kick It? 2 Audio 1990 Jive
29 Oh My God 4 Audio 1994 Jive
30 New School "Funky Tribe" Mixes 4 Audio 2000 Jive Electro
31 Revised Quest For The Seasoned Traveller 12 Audio 1992 Jive
32 Bonita Applebum / Mr. Muhammad 6 Audio 1990 Jive
33 Hot Sex 6 Audio 1992-00-00 Jive
34 I Left My Wallet In El Segundo / Pubic Enemy 5 Audio 1989-00-00 Jive
35 Bonita Applebum 2 Audio 1990 Jive
36 Find A Way / Steppin' It Up 6 Audio 1998 Jive Records
37 I Left My Wallet In El Segundo 6 Audio 1990 Jive
38 Check The Rhime 5 Audio 1991 Jive
39 The Love Movement 24 Audio 1998 Jive
40 Native Tongues - Unreleased & Unleashed 10 Audio 2002 Archives Inc.
41 Revised Quest For The Seasoned Traveller 12 Audio 1992 Jive
42 Beats, Rhymes And Life 15 Audio 1996-07-30 Jive
43 The Anthology 19 Audio 1999 Jive
44 I Left My Wallet In El Segundo / Pubic Enemy 6 Audio 1989 Jive
45 The Anthology 27 Audio 1999 Jive
46 Scenario 8 Audio 1992 Jive
47 Oh My God 4 Audio 1994 Jive
48 Doin' Our Own Dang 3 Audio 1990
49 Pubic Enemy / I Left My Wallet In El Segundo 3 Audio 1990 Jive
50 After Hours 3 Audio 2003-06-00 Not On Label (A Tribe Called Quest)


This US male rap outfit originally comprised [a=Q-Tip] (b. Jonathan Davis ―later changed to Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, in the mid-1990's, on conversion to Islam― 10 April 1970, New York, USA), DJ [a=Ali Shaheed Muhammad] (b. 11 August 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, USA), [a=Jarobi] and [a=Phife Dawg] (b. Malik Taylor, 20 November 1970, Brooklyn, New York City, USA). They formed at school in Manhattan, New York, where they started out as part of the Native Tongues Posse, with [a=Queen Latifah] and the [a=Jungle Brothers], and were given their name by [a=Afrika Baby Bambaataa] of the Jungle Brothers.

Following their August 1989 debut, "Description Of A Fool", they had a hit with "Bonita Applebum" a year later, which was apparently based on a real person from their school.

Their biggest success came the following year with the laid-back "Can I Kick It?", typical of their refined jazz/hip-hop cross-match. A UK Top 20 single, it was later used extensively in television advertisements. Q-Tip also appeared on Deee-Lite's August 1990 hit, "Groove Is In The Heart".

As members of the Native Tongues Posse they were promoters of the Afrocentricity movement, which set out to make US Africans aware of their heritage, a theme emphasized in the group's music.

While their debut, "People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm", was more eclectic, and even self-consciously jokey, "The Low-End Theory" (recorded as a trio following the departure of Jarobi) saw them return to their roots with a more bracing, harder funk sound.

They were helped considerably by jazz bass player [a=Ron Carter] (who had worked with [a=Miles Davis] and [a=John Coltrane]), whose contribution rather dominated proceedings. Tracks such as "The Infamous Date Rape" stoked controversy, while samples from [a=Lou Reed], [a=Stevie Wonder] and [a=Earth, Wind & Fire] were used in a frugal and intelligent manner. By "Midnight Marauders" there were allusions to the rise of gangsta rap, although they maintained the optimism predominant on their debut. Q-Tip appeared in the 1993 movie "Poetic Justice" opposite [a=Janet Jackson], and helped to produce [a=Tony! Toni! Toné!] (whose Raphael Wiggins made an appearance on "Midnight Marauders"), [a=Nas], [a=Shyheim] and labelmate [a=Shaquille O'Neal].

They were rewarded with the Group Of The Year category at the inaugural Source Magazine Hip Hop Award Show in 1994, before being pulled off the stage by the arrival of 2Pac and his Thug Life crew, attempting to steal some publicity. Two years elapsed before "Beats, Rhymes And Life" debuted at number 1 on the Billboard album chart. Their lyrics on this album were highly evolved, addressing issues with greater philosophy than the crude banter of their past recordings. Q-Tip's conversion to the Islamic faith in the mid-1990's may have had some bearing on this style.

"The Love Movement", which debuted at US number 3 in October 1998, was another mature, stylish collection of material that lacked the spark of their earlier work. It proved to be their final recording as the individual members elected to concentrate on solo work.


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