Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A Tribe Called Quest: A Look Back and Looking Ahead

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A Tribe Called Quest: A Look Back and Looking Ahead

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NEW YORK * A Tribe Called Quest celebrated the 25th anniversary of its debut album, "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm," in November by re-releasing the album with remixes helmed by Pharrell, CeeLo Green and J. Cole.

The re-release is the first of several planned by the group.

"We have a 25th for 'The Low End Theory,' we have a 25th for 'Beats, Rhymes and Life,' we have a 25th for 'Midnight Marauders,' which all are pretty monumental moments for us personally as well," said MC/producer Q-Tip.

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, the group including Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White talked about celebrating 25 years in music, a possible tour, a Tribe biopic and more.

25 YEARS LATER

Q-Tip says one word describes Tribe reaching 25 years in music: humility."You go back and you look at everything and you're kind of like, 'Wow, I lived through a few lives' and it just happened so fast. It's somewhat overwhelming," he said. "Not trying to be egotistical or braggadocios, it has nothing to do with that, but it's like ... a lot of people don't get to see 25 in life."

RE-GROUP

Ask Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White if they want the group to hit the road again and they'll say yes. Asking Q- Tip will get you a different answer."I don't know. ... I really, I don't know brotha. I mean, who knows?" said Q-Tip, who was interviewed separately because he was running late.

When asked if he was open to the idea of touring, he said: "Everybody makes it look like it's me that's not open to (it)."

Tribe recently performed on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."

"These are my brothers. I know nothing but them. I only wanna work with them ... in terms of going on tour, I wanna go on tour with them," Phife Dawg said.

White chimed in: "And we always have fun together."

Muhammad added that it's exciting to see "a 15-year-old now discovering A Tribe Called Quest 25 years later" at a concert.

"The spirt of the music and the feeling and the love is strong. It's bigger than us."

CALLING ON THE YOUTH

On Tribe's new anniversary album, Pharrell remixed the classic "Bonita Applebum"; Green worked his magic on "Footprints"; and Cole remixed "Can I Kick It? …

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