Q-Tip announces A Tribe Called Quest's final album is coming very soon
It's been almost two decades since A Tribe Called Quest released their last album, The Love Movement, but Q-Tip has confirmed new material is imminent.
The final Tribe album, featuring all of the group's members, including Phife Dawg who passed away on March 22 this year, will be released on November 11.
Q-Tip explained that after their first TV performance in 18 years last November the group went straight to the studio after experiencing an energy they hadn't felt together for a long time.
Crucially, Tip says Phife "left us with the blueprint of what we had to do" and was able to record for their sixth album before his death.
So the album will feature all of the legendary group's members; Phife, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White, with confirmed features from Busta Rhymes and Consequence.
Speaking to Rap Radar earlier this year Epic Records CEO LA Reid was the first to mention a forthcoming Tribe album, saying "it's really something special".
Here's the post in full:
We hope this letter finds you & yours safe and without a scratch!
Last year this time myself, Jarobi, Ali and Phife had the extreme pleasure of performing on the Tonight Show. It was our 1st TV performance in 18 years.
The energy for us that night was one that we hadn't experienced on stage together in some time!
It was also the night of the Paris bombing... November 13th... Friday... an unseasonably warm night in NYC.
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!!
It was coming together nicely and as you may know we lost our brother MAY GOD REST HIS SOUL on March 22nd.
But he left us with the blueprint of what we had to do.
So we collected ourselves and along tribesmen, Busta and Cons... we completed what will be, obviously the final A TRIBE CALLED QUEST ALBUM!
No this isn't filled with old Phife bars... this is that pure, unstepped on pure!!
And on November 11th, 2016 we will complete our paths of rhythm... join us!!