Legendary hip-hop outfit A Tribe Called Quest hasn’t released an album since 1998’s The Love Movement, but that could soon change.
With founding member Phife Dawg’s passing in late March, it was surprising to hear the news that ATCQ has a brand new album in the works, with tracks recorded before Phife’s death.
The group began reuniting in 2004, reissuing their 1990 debut, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of the Rhythm and commemorating their 25th anniversary with a last performance on Jimmy Fallon in 2015.
Epic Records exec, L.A. Reid, told Rap Radar’s Podcast that the iconic hip-hop group have reunited again for a full length record, “[A] brand new album that they recorded before Phife passed away. 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.”
The group has yet to comment on Reid’s report. The album’s title and release date is still unknown.
Phife was said to have been working on a solo project near the time of his death. The single “Nutshell” was released after his passing, with the sales going to American Diabetes Association and the National Kidney Foundation in support of the very disease Phife fought with during his entire musical career. Watch the music video below.