October 28, 2016


A Tribe Called Quest Announces Final Album & 'SNL' Performance

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Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

The hip-hop world just got even more exciting, as A Tribe Called Quest announced they will release their sixth and final album on Nov. 11 via Epic Records. Q-Tip revealed the news last night on social media with a personal handwritten note.

While the album (the first since 1998's The Love Movement) doesn't have a title yet, it will features guests like Busta Rhymes and Consequence. It will also include recordings that Phife Dawg laid down before his untimely death in March at the age of 45. "He left us with the blue print of what we had to do," Q-Tip said.

Q-Tip also explained the album was inspired by their reunion performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last November (the same night as the Paris bombing). "It was our first TV performance in 18 years. The energy for us that night was one that we hadn't experienced onstage together in some time," he said. "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."

Along with the new album, ATCQ is also planning to perform on on Saturday Night Live on Nov. 12. Earlier this year, hip-hop stars and NBA players paid tribute to Phife Dawg at New York City's Apollo Theater.

Below, listen to the Back of the Class podcast guys tribute Phife Dawg at the 2:05 mark: