A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

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  • Trivia

    • In 2002 Tip recorded a second solo album entitled "Kamaal the Abstract", however it was never released.

    • He has pursued an acting career, appearing in films such as "Prison Song", "Poetic Justice", and "She Hate Me", as well on television as a guest on "Chappelle's Show".

    • Q-Tip's singles and appearances include; "Got 'til It's Gone" (Janet Jackson featuring Q-Tip and Joni Mitchell), "Get Involved" featuring Raphael Saadiq, "Breathe and Stop", "Vivrant Thing", "Let's Ride", "Galvanize" (The Chemical Brothers featuring Q-Tip), "For The Nasty" featuring Busta Rhymes, "Like That" (Black Eyed Peas featuring Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, and Cee-Lo.

    • Tip has released 4 solo albums; "Amplified" (1999), "Kamaal the Abstract" (2002), "Open" (2005) and "Live at the Renaissance" (2006).

    • Tip makes an appearance on Busta Rhymes latest album "The Big Bang" on two songs; "Get You Some" and "You Can't Hold A Torch".

    • Tip is featured in the the Black-Eyed Peas song "Like That."

    • In 2004 Tip signed a new solo deal with Motown Records.

    • As of 2006 Q-Tip resides in Englewood Cliffs, a suburb in northern New Jersey.

    • Q-Tip appeared in the movies "Poetic Justice" (1993), "Disappearing Acts" (2000), "Prison Song" (2001), and "She Hate Me" (2004).

    • Q-Tip first solo singles were "Vivrant Thing" and "Breathe and Stop."

    • Q-Tip has made guest appearances on songs by Janet Jackson, Missy Elliott, The Roots, Busta Rhymes, Mobb Deep, Mos Def, De La Soul, Raphael Saadiq, Deee-Lite, the Beastie Boys and T.I.

    • Q-Tip produced for artists such as Nas "One Love" (1994), Mobb Deep "Give Up the Goods" (1995) and even super divas such as Mariah Carey "Honey", "Butterfly" (1997), and Whitney Houston "Fine".

    • Q-Tip is the former leader of the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest.

    • The "Q" in Q-Tip's stage name stands for Queens, the borough he hails from.

    • Q-Tip converted to Islam in the mid-1990s.

    • ATCQ music has been featured in films such as Poetic Justice, Made, When We Were Kings, High School High, Booty Call, Rhyme & Reason, Free Tibet, Get on the Bus and more.

    • ATCQ reunited in 2004 and played a limited number of spots.

    • ATCQ is also appearing in 2K Sports' Bounce Tour promoting the NBA 2K7 game.

    • ATCQ album 'The Low end Theory' is considered one of the best and most important albums in Hip Hop up to this date.

    • ATCQ made their debut in 1990 with People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.

    • ATCQ signed to Jive Records.

    • The group's name came to be in 1988 and was givin to them by The Jungle Brothers, whose members had attended the same school.

    • There has been rumors of the the group getting back together. Their recent appearance was a post-Grammy concert in 2005.

    • Q-Tip and Phife Dawg went on to pursue solo careers, while Muhammad founded the R&B group Lucy Pearl.

    • Following The Love Movement, the group disbanded.

    • Have worked with collaborators such as the Jungle Brothers, De La Soul,Queen Latifah, Leaders of the New School, Monie Love, and Black Sheep.

  • Quotes

    • ATCQ: It's certain things that I feel like I had to get off my chest. I've always wanted my voice to be heard, but for whatever reason there was a lot of player hating going on.

    • ATCQ: It's authentic hip-hop the way it used to be and the way it should always be. Everybody is into making the fast dollar and not looking at the longevity part of it. I've been doing it for a while, so I know a little better than the rest of these cats on how it should be. I don't consider myself commercially friendly or anything like that. I just rhyme how I feel for the moment, and if it happens to cross over like that, so be it. I don't reach to get to that point.

    • ATCQ: A lot of different rappers are trying to do their thing independent nowadays. Everything just pulls them away for the moment. In a minute, everybody's going to be independent.

    • ATCQ: A lot of different rappers are trying to do their thing independent nowadays. Everything just pulls them away for the moment. In a minute, everybody's going to be independent.

    • ATCQ: They want to hear the Mos Defs, the Gangstarrs, people like that. They don't want to hear nobody talk about Range Rovers and ice and all that sh*t. They use Range Rovers and Benzes for cabs out there, they don't care about that. That's backwards to them.

    • ATCQ: There's more to life than just getting your drink and party on. The quicker people realize that, the better music would be because music sucks right now, on the real. I don't give a f*ck what it is, country, hip-hop, blues, the sh*t is corny right now.

    • ATCQ: I just always easily some it up like this, life is a cycle. When we came out it was all about afrocentricity and people started to overdo that. Then it got into the whole criminal vibe, and then it got into the party vibe. So it's going to come back around. It's like a clock, it's going to come back around.

    • ATCQ: When cats hear our albums, I just want them to walk away saying "Yo, real emcees and people that take pride in their work are still out there, not just fashion emcees and all that." It's easy to rhyme about Dolce & Gabanna. Anybody can do that bullsh*t.

    • ATCQ: I can't speak for everybody else, but for me, I felt like it was a must to do [after] the whole Jam Master Jay thing. That just brought everything to the forefront for me.

    • ATCQ: Well, I don't really like using the word "underground" too much anymore because a lot of people label stuff underground just because their shit is kind of corny. For me, it's like good music is good music. It wasn't so much big name producers. It was all about whoever had a hot beat.