A Tribe Called Quest will release their final album next month, Q-Tip has confirmed.
The hip-hop quartet, who last released an album in 1998 (‘The Love Movement’), were rocked by the news of Phife Dawg’s passing back in March. The group had reunited to record new music following an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon – their first televised performance in 18 years – back in November 2015.
Founding member Q-Tip has taken to his Facebook page to announce that the new and final ATCQ album, which is yet to receive a title, will be released on November 11. Confirming that himself, Phife, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White had entered the studio after that Fallon performance, Q-Tip said that the album “was coming together nicely” when Phife died.
However, Tip revealed that Phife left behind “the blue print of what we had to do”, and the remaining members of the group continued to finish the album to “complete our paths of rhythm” (referring to the group’s 1990 debut, ‘People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm’). Contributions from long-term ATCQ collaborators Busta Rhymes and Consequence will also be present on the finished record.
See Q-Tip’s handwritten note below.
Tributes to Phife have been numerous since his passing, with the most recent being the grand reveal of a new ATCQ mural in their native Queens, New York.