A long-awaited sixth album by hip hop legends A Tribe Called Quest is said to be “coming very soon”. That’s according to Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid who recently sat down for an interview on the Rap Radar podcast to discuss his future plans for the label. It will be their first album in 18 years, the last one being 1998’s ‘The Love Movement’.
In March of this year, Phife Dawg (real name Malik Izaak Taylor) passed away from kidney failure due to complications relating to diabetes he was diagnosed with in 1990. However, L.A. Reid stated that he had secretly got together with Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White to complete the album before he died.
Jarobi White was a founding member of the group but has not contributed to a completed record by A Tribe Called Quest since their 1990 debut ‘People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm’. Although he recorded vocals for their second album, 1991’s ‘The Low End Theory’, they were removed when he left the group.
You can listen to the Rap Radar podcast here (discussion of the album begins just after the 14:40 mark).