( 4UMF NEWS ) A Tribe Called Quest Announces Final Album:
After losing their co-founder Phife Dawg earlier this year, A Tribe Called Quest is reuniting for one last album, dropping on Nov. 11.
Q-Tip, who founded the seminal hip-hop group with Phife and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, posted a handwritten note on Facebook and Twitter revealing the still-untitled project, their first since 1998’s The Love Movement.
He wrote that the group was inspired to record new music after reuniting to play The Tonight Show last November, their first TV appearance in 18 years.
Their performance, he remembers, fell on the same evening as the Paris bombings. “As we left 30 Rock, I felt the need, we all did, to get back to the studio and start that cook up,” he wrote.
Unfortunately, Tribe’s days recording as a full group were numbered. While Phife Dawg’s death in March left his bandmates devastated, “he left us with the blue print of what we had to do,” Q-Tip shared.
In Phife’s absence, the remaining members of the group finished the album, with help from rap peers Busta Rhymes and Consequence. Q-Tip wrote that the album will be the group’s last, and won’t be filled with “old Phife bars,” but rather new material.
Read Q-Tip’s entire note below, and stay tuned for the album’s Nov. 11 release.