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
151 Oh My God 6 Audio 1994 Jive
152 Can I Kick It? 4 Audio 1990 Jive
153 Bonita Applebum 6 Audio 1990 Jive
154 A Video Anthology 11 Audio 2002 Jive
155 Rock-n-Roll / Faces 2 Audio Ya Heard Records
156 Put It Down 2 Audio Ya Heard Records
157 The Low End Theory 14 Audio 1991 Jive
158 Stressed Out 2 Audio 1996 Virgin France S.A.
159 Mixed By DJ Friction 12 Audio 1998 Jive
160 Award Tour 3 Audio 1993 Jive
161 Hot Sex 3 Audio 1992 Jive
162 Hot Sex 3 Audio 1992 Jive
163 Check The Rhime 5 Audio 1991 Jive
164 Check The Rhime 3 Audio 1991 Jive
165 Bonita Applebum 4 Audio 1990 Jive
166 Scenario 4 Audio 1992 Jive
167 I Left My Wallet In El Segundo 3 Audio 1990 Jive
168 Jazz (We've Got) 6 Audio 1991 Jive
169 People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm 14 Audio 2004 Jive
170 Scenario 4 Audio 1992 Jive
171 Jazz (We've Got) 5 Audio 1991 Jive
172 Luck Of Lucien 4 Audio 1992 Jive
173 Back Again (Drum & Bass Mix) / Stressed Out (Tribed Out Mix) 2 Audio 2003 Not On Label
174 Practice Session 2 Audio Ya Heard Records
175 Can I Kick It? 2 Audio 1990 Jive
176 Description Of A Fool 3 Audio 1989 Jive
177 Hot Sex / Scenario Rmx 4 Audio Not On Label
178 Hits, Rarities, & Remixes 18 Audio 2003 Zomba Records
179 The Low End Theory 12 Audio 1991 Jive
180 Rock Rock Y'all / Start It Up 2 Audio 1998 Not On Label
181 Bonita Applebum 2 Audio 1990-00-00 Jive
182 Instrumental 15 Audio 2004 Jive (3)
183 Scenario 8 Audio 1992 Jive
184 Midnight Marauders 14 Audio 1993 Jive
185 TCQ Instrumental 14 Audio Not On Label (A Tribe Called Quest)
186 The Anthology 19 Audio 1999 Avex Trax
187 Find A Way 3 Audio 1998 Liberation Records
188 1nce Again 5 Audio 1996 Liberation Records
189 Check The Rhime 5 Audio 1991 Jive
190 Hits, Rarities, & Remixes 18 Audio 2003 Zomba Records
191 People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm 14 Audio 1990 Jive
192 Beats, Rhymes And Life 15 Audio 1996
193 Mr Incognito / Hey 2 Audio Not On Label (A Tribe Called Quest)
194 Rap Classics Vol.2 10 Audio Boom Bap
195 The Anthology 19 Audio 1999 Jive
196 The Anthology 19 Audio 1999 Jive
197 Find A Way 6 Audio 1998 Jive Records
198 Jazz (We've Got) 6 Audio 1991 Jive
199 Stressed Out 6 Audio 1996 Jive
200 Oh My God 4 Audio 1994 Jive

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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