The hip-hop community hasn’t stopped mourning the death of Phife Dawg, founding member of luminary group A Tribe Called Quest. Regardless of the ups and downs the group went through after their official breakup in 1998, their music’s always been in vogue and in demand. At Phife’s memorial this past April, artists from Q-Tip to Andre 3000 talked about comeback albums that never were, and today (August 19), L.A. Reid fanned the flames once again.
During a stop by Rap Radar, the CEO of Epic Records let Elliott Wilson and B.Dot Miller know that A Tribe Called Quest would be dropping a new project soon. “[It is] a brand new album that they recorded before Phife [Dawg] passed away,” Reid explained on the podcast. “I’m really happy about it man, it’s really something special. It’s one of the things I’m most excited about over everything we’re working on.”
While we all pick our jaws up off the floor, consider that this will be the first album of new Tribe material since 1998’s The Love Movement and that members Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad have been sitting on this new material for a minute. We have no release date, but expect to hear more about this soon.
Phife was also recording his solo album Give Thanks prior to his death and the song “Nutshell” was released posthumously.