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13 Facts About A Tribe Called Quest

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A Tribe Called Quest is an American hip-hop group formed in 1985 and originally composed of MC and producer Q-Tip, the late MC Phife Dawg and DJ and producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

Malik Izaak Taylor, known professionally as Phife Dawg, was an American rapper and a member of the group A Tribe Called Quest with high school classmates Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

Ali Shaheed Muhammad is an American hip hop DJ, record producer, and rapper, best known as a member of A Tribe Called Quest.

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A fourth member, MC Jarobi White, left the group in 1991 after the release of their debut album.

Jarobi White is an American hip hop artist, chef, and one of the four original members of A Tribe Called Quest.

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He continued to contribute to the band sporadically before rejoining for their 2006 reunion.

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Along with De La Soul, the group was a central part of the Native Tongues, and enjoyed the most commercial success out of all the groups to emerge from that collective.

The Native Tongues is a collective of late 1980s and early 1990s hip-hop artists known for their positive-minded, good-natured Afrocentric lyrics, and for pioneering the use of eclectic sampling and later jazz-influenced beats.

De La Soul is an American hip hop trio formed in 1987 on Long Island, New York.

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Many of their songs, such as "Bonita Applebum", "Can I Kick It?"

"Bonita Applebum" is the second single from A Tribe Called Quest's debut album People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.

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, "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo", "Scenario", "Check the Rhime", "Jazz ", "Award Tour" and "Electric Relaxation" are considered classics.

"Award Tour" is a song by A Tribe Called Quest, released as the first single from their third album Midnight Marauders.

"Check the Rhime" is the first single from A Tribe Called Quest's second album The Low End Theory.

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The group released six albums between 1990 and 2016.

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The band broke up in 1998 after releasing their fifth album.

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In 2006, the group reunited and toured the United States, and in 2016, they released their sixth album.

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The group is regarded as a pioneer of alternative hip-hop music, having helped to pave the way for many innovative artists.

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John Bush of AllMusic called them "the most intelligent, artistic rap group during the 1990s," while the editors of About.com ranked them number four on their list of the "25 Best Rap Groups of All Time".

About.com is an American Internet-based network of content that publishes articles and videos about various subjects on its "topic sites".

AllMusic is an online music guide service website.

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In 2005, A Tribe Called Quest received a Special Achievement Award at the Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta.

Atlanta is the capital of and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia, with an estimated 2015 population of 463,878.

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In 2007, the group was formally honored at the 4th VH1 Hip-Hop Honors.

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