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A Tribe Called Quest


A Tribe Called Quest are one of Hip Hops most legendary, beloved and revered groups of all time and for good reason. Easily recognized for their unique approach to rap music by employing jazz infused soundscapes to Afro centric rhymes, sans the jaded and often nihilistic aggressive posturing associated with hip-hop, A Tribe Called Quest were largely responsible for the popularity of a new genre that dominated the East Coast sound of the early 1990s.

Queens, New York natives Q-Tip , Phife Dawg, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of Brooklyn, formed ATCQ in 1985. Jarobi, the honorary member of ATCQ, though not always heard, was a fixture of the group in heart and in friendship. QUEST, the original name of the group, was later given the prefix A Tribe Called by their high school buddies, The Jungle Brothers, while recording "Black Is Black" for their album Straight Out The Jungle. ATCQ, along with the Jungle Brothers and De La Soul, formed a unit called The Native Tongues. With a building buzz around The Native Tongues and Tribes energetic live performances, ATCQ landed a major recording contract with Jive Records in 1989.

ATCQ composed a number of successful singles and albums with their creative approach to rap music. In 1990, the group released Peoples Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, scoring several memorable songs including "Bonita Applebum," "Can I Kick It" and" I Left my Wallet in El Segundo." It was their sophomore effort, The Low End Theory(1991). This record - along with its successorMidnight Marauders - influenced many future artists and producers such as Common, The Roots, Jill Scott, Kanye West and The Neptunes.

ATCQ continued to perfect and advance their sound, displaying their unique take on hip-hop. It was with the completion of their fifth studio album, The Love Movement, that ATCQ chose to exit the proverbial stage.

A Tribe Called Quest's anomalous posture has changed the face and sound of hip-hop and helped pave the way for future groups, artists, producers and even fans to be unapologetic about their creative expression. With or without future recordings, ATCQs legacy lives on in the groups creative innovation that is recognized as a profound contribution to musical history.

Bio courtesy of atribecalledquest.com.
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A Tribe Called Quest "Baby Phife's Return"
Album: Beats, Rhymes & Life
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap
Moods: Bold, Confident, Driving, Swagger, Happy
A Tribe Called Quest "Crew"
Album: Beats, Rhymes & Life
Genres: Hip Hop, Hip-Hop/Rap, Urban
Moods: Aggressive, Bold, Confident, Restless, Tense
A Tribe Called Quest "Keeping It Moving"
Album: Beats, Rhymes & Life
Genres: Hip Hop, Urban
Moods: Laid-back, Lazy, Light-hearted, Positive, Fun
A Tribe Called Quest "Keeping It Moving"
Album: Beats, Rhymes & Life
Mood: Fun
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