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A Tribe Called Quest will continue under new name, suggests Q-Tip

By | Published on Wednesday 14 December 2016

A Tribe Called Quest

Q-Tip has suggested that fans should not get too down about A Tribe Called Quest’s previously announced plans to retire. The band last month released their first album for eighteen years, ‘We Got It From Here… Thank You For Your Service’, announcing that it would be their final record.

The decision to stop was influenced, of course, by the death of the group’s Phife Dawg during recording sessions earlier this year. Though this is seemingly also the inspiration for them to continue in some other form too.

Speaking to Annie Mac on Radio 1, Q-Tip said: “[The album is] closure. We’re satisfied. It’s just hard to imagine continuing without my guy. It’s divine, or whatever. We’re accepting of it, and we accept it with humility and understanding. There’s also a degree of selfishness, because you want that person who’s not here with you to be here with you to experience the fruits of the labour. But I know that he’s up there experiencing it in a heavenly way”.

He continued: “Stay tuned for any other incarnation. We don’t intend on stopping because that was Phife’s MO – ‘this time we gotta do it and keep going’ – and now he’s left us with the equation of how do we do it, but we are going to need it, and we’re going to continue”.

Listen to the full interview here: