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
51 The Anthology 19 Audio 1999-10-26 Jive
52 Oh My God 5 Audio 1994 Jive
53 People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm 11 Audio 1990 Jive
54 I C U (Doin' It) 2 Audio 2003 Violator Records
55 1nce Again 4 Audio 1996 Jive
56 Award Tour 3 Audio Jive
57 Midnight Marauders 15 Audio 1993 Jive
58 People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm 11 Audio 1990 Jive
59 Stressed Out 6 Audio 1996
60 The Jam EP 4 Audio 1997 Jive
61 Can I Kick It? 9 Audio 1990 Jive
62 Boogie 2Nite / I C U (Doin' It) (Edits By Mr. K) 2 Audio 2004
63 Stressed Out 4 Audio 1996 Jive
64 Electric Relaxation (Relax Yourself Girl) 4 Audio 1994 Jive
65 Description Of A Fool 3 Audio 1989 Jive
66 New School "Funky Tribe" Mixes 4 Audio 2000-00-00 Jive Electro
67 Oh My God 6 Audio 1994 Jive
68 Like It Like That / Pad & Pen 6 Audio 1998 Jive
69 Old School Vs. New School 2 Audio 1998 Jive Electro
70 Can I Kick It? 4 Audio 1990 Jive
71 1nce Again 4 Audio 1996 Jive
72 I Left My Wallet In El Segundo (Norman Cook Remix) 3 Audio 1991 Jive
73 People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm 14 Audio 1990-04-17 Jive
74 Can I Kick It? (The Von Trapp Mix) 2 Audio 1990 Jive
75 The Low End Theory 12 Audio 1991 Jive
76 Can I Kick It? 4 Audio 1990 Jive
77 Hot Sex 4 Audio 1992 Jive
78 Beats, Rhymes And Life 15 Audio 1996 Jive
79 Scenario 5 Audio 1992 Jive
80 I Left My Wallet In El Segundo / Pubic Enemy 5 Audio 1989 Jive
81 1nce Again 4 Audio 1996 Jive
82 The Low End Theory 14 Audio 1996
83 The Love Movement 21 Audio 1998 Jive
84 People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm 14 Audio 1990
85 Midnight Marauders 15 Audio 1993 Jive
86 Can I Kick It? 4 Audio 1992 Jive
87 Hits, Rarities & Remixes 18 Audio 2003 Jive
88 Find A Way / Steppin' It Up 6 Audio 1998 Jive
89 Stressed Out 6 Audio 1996 Jive
90 The Love Movement Instrumental 17 Audio Jive (3)
91 Face / Practice Session 2 Audio Not On Label (A Tribe Called Quest)
92 Bonita Applebum 4 Audio 1990 Jive
93 I See You (Doin It) 2 Audio 2004 Shizola
94 Stressed Out (Remix) / Word Play / The Jam 6 Audio 1996 Jive
95 Can I Kick It? 4 Audio 2005 Simply Vinyl (S12)
96 Check The Rhime / Skypager 5 Audio 1991 Jive
97 The Jam EP Vol. 3 6 Audio The Ummah Recordings
98 Bound To Wreck Ya Party 3 Audio The Ummah Recordings
99 My Pad And My Pen / Do It 2 Audio 1998 Not On Label (ALR Series)
100 Put It Down / Girls 2 Audio 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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