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
301 Award Tour 5 Audio 1993 Jive
302 The Anthology 19 Audio 1999 Jive
303 The Low End Theory 14 Audio Jive
304 Check The Rhime 2 Audio 1991 Jive
305 Midnight Marauders 14 Audio Jive
306 The Love Movement 21 Audio 1998 Jive
307 Jazz (We've Got) 4 Audio 1991 Jive
308 Scenario 5 Audio 1992 Jive
309 Electric Relaxation (Relax Yourself Girl) 4 Audio 2004 Zomba Recording Corporation
310 I Left My Wallet In El Segundo 6 Audio 1990 Jive
311 Bonita Applebum 2 Audio 1990-00-00 Jive
312 Beats, Rhymes And Life 16 Audio 1999 Avex Trax
313 The Anthology 19 Audio 1999-10-26 Jive
314 Hits, Rarities, & Remixes 18 Audio 2003 Jive
315 Life, Rhymes + Beats EP 3 Audio 1998 Not On Label
316 Revised Quest For The Seasoned Traveller 12 Audio 1992 Jive
317 Bonita Applebum 2 Audio 1990-00-00 Jive
318 Can I Kick It? 2 Audio 1990 Jive
319 The Jam EP 4 Audio 1997 Jive
320 The Jam EP 4 Audio 1997 Jive
321 Midnight Marauders 14 Audio 1993 Jive
322 People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm 12 Audio 1990 Jive
323 Beats, Rhymes And Life 15 Audio 1996
324 Hot Sex 4 Audio 1992-00-00 Jive
325 Midnight Marauders 15 Audio 1993 Jive
326 The Low End Theory 14 Audio Jive
327 1nce Again 4 Audio 1996 Jive
328 The Low End Theory 14 Audio Jive
329 Hits, Rarities, & Remixes 29 Audio 2003 Jive
330 Stressed Out 6 Audio 1996 Jive
331 Award Tour (Jim Sharp Revisit) 2 Audio 2013 Sip The Juice
332 People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm 14 Audio
333 The Love Movement 15 Audio 1998 Jive
334 Revised Quest For The Seasoned Traveller 12 Audio 1996
335 Beats, Rhymes And Life 15 Audio 1996
336 Midnight Marauders 14 Audio 1993-11-09 Jive
337 Beats, Rhymes And Life 15 Audio 1996 Jive
338 Hot Sex (Album Version) 4 Audio 1992 Jive
339 Stressed Out 4 Audio 1996
340 Beats, Rhymes And Life 15 Audio 1996 Jive
341 People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm 14 Audio 2004 Jive
342 The Low End Theory 14 Audio Jive
343 Midnight Marauders 15 Audio 1993 Jive
344 The Low End Theory 14 Audio 1991 Jive
345 The Love Movement 15 Audio 1998 Jive
346 Midnight Marauders 15 Audio 1993 Jive
347 The Low End Theory 14 Audio 1991 Jive
348 I Left My Wallet In El Segundo 4 Audio 1989 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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