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Dream Come True – A Tribe Called Quest Releasing New Album

Yes you read the headline correct. A Tribe Called Quest is releasing one last album! Q-Tip took to social media yesterday to announce the new and final album according to Spin.com.

Although the album does not have a title yet it is scheduled to be released November 11th. The albums inception was fall of last year after ATCQ reunited on The Tonight Show. Q-Tip stated “As we left 30 Rock I felt the need, we all did, to get back to the studio and start that cook up!! SO WE GOT TO IT!!”

With Phife Dawg passing away this year there were some sessions left unfinished but according to Q-Tip they were completed by other members of the group and others that are close to the group like Busta Rhymes.

The album has no title yet.

As a huge fan of ATCQ this moment is truly bitter sweet. #RIPPhife

ATCQ
ATCQ

– Reign

RIP Phife Dawg – DJ Sight Blog

March 23rd around 4 a.m. I woke up to some sad news to one of the members of my all-time favorite hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest Phife Dawg passed away.

Phife has always been open about his struggles with diabetes. As we celebrate the life of Phife I’ll always remember how A Tribe Called Quest third album Midnight Marauders forever change my life.

Rest in paradise Malik Phife dawg aka the 5-footer.

 

– DJ Sight

Midnight Marauders – A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest one of the best hip hop groups of all time marks 22 years this week for the release of their third studio album Midnight Marauders.

A Tribe Called Quest
A Tribe Called Quest

A little history on ATCQ. Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Q-Tip formed A Tribe Called Quest in 1985 with former member Jarobi White whom left after they released their first album in 1990 – The People’s Instinctive Travel’s and the Path’s of Rhythm.

Now let’s get back to Midnight Marauders, TRULY a classic and timeless hip hop jazz album. When you can listen to an album all the way through from beats and lyrics plus learn a thing or two that is a formula for success. Even the cover was iconic featuring pictures of Afrika Bambaataa, Doug E. Fresh, and Chuck D. to name a few.

Not only did they kick dope rhymes over funky jazz beats, they group figured out how to connect people of different races, and the younger generation to the elder generation of folks who despised rap at the time.

I am not going to beat you in the head with how much this album meant to hip hop. At a time when west coast “gangsta” music was taking over Midnight Marauders dropped and shook up the game.

From the narrator to the music, beginning to the end Midnight Marauders still to this day is relevant.

Favorite interlude:  “You’re not any less of a man, if you don’t pull the trigger / You’re not necessarily a man, if you do”

If you asked me what is your favorite hip hop/rap song of all time I would  say Sucka Nigga which is track 5 on this album. Here are some of the lyrics I will never forget the chills that wrapped around my body the very first time I heard this song!

Sucka Nigga: “See, nigga first was used down in the Deep South
Falling out between the dome of the white man’s mouth
It means that we will never grow, you know the word dummy
Other niggas in the community think it’s crummy
But I don’t, neither does the youth cause we
Em-brace adversity it goes right with the race
Yo I start to flinch, as I try not to say it
But my lips is like the oowop as I start to spray it
My lips is like a oowop as I start to spray it”

Electric Relaxation another favorite off the album hands down!

Check it out in the albums section. #MidnightMarauders #classic #ATCQ

-Reign