A Tribe Called Quest was an influential rap group of the 1990s. The group is composed of Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad. A fourth member, Jarobi White, parted ways with the group after their first album.
Q-Tip and Phife had grown up together in Queens, and met Muhammad in high school. The group's name was coined in 1988 by The Jungle Brothers, whose members had attended the same school. Soon after, the group began performing live and recording on a local label. The group became a part of the Native Tongues family, a Hip-Hop artist collective famous for the socially-conscious and positive messages it delivered in its music, and whose membership included Tribe collaborators such as the Jungle Brothers,Queen Latifah, De La Soul, Leaders of the New School, Monie Love, and Black Sheep.
At the time of their inception, A Tribe Called Quest was unusual within the hip hop community for eschewing gangsta rap and macho posturing. Their lyrics focused on abstract and social issues such as the word "nigger", date rape and consumerism. Musically, the group helped pioneer the jazz rap style (along with groups such as Gang Starr and De La Soul...
|years active||1988 – 1999|
|origin||New York City, New York|
|music genre||Hip hop music|
|current members||Q-Tip (rapper)|