MTV: At any point while making the album, did you ever feel like it would difficult for all of you, with your respective backgrounds, to come back at this time and do what it is that you love to do?
Dawn: I had a slight concern [about] going from one group to the next, but then as I started to hear people's stories and think about the artists that have done it in the past. Phil Collins, well, he didn't go from group to group, but he'd been back and forth between his solo [career] and the group Genesis. Eric Clapton, no one ever questioned, "Why is he going from one group to another?" So I thought, "You know what? It's fine." There's no rules. There's no certain way to do anything. You just doing what you love, and this happens to be the outlet that we're doing it in, and it's great. We're doing a great album, so why fear?
Shaheed: Yeah. I think after doing this for so long, it's just what we do, as natural as walking at this point. I don't really think it ever came into our mind, like, "Could we do it again?"
Dawn: Or, "Should we?"
Shaheed: We just got together and it's like, "Yo, I got an idea. Let's all three make an album." It's just like, "Oh, shoot."
Raphael: I never thought I left the game, actually. But the funny part [is], I was telling them, "I did leave the game," because as this record came out, people [were] just going, "Wow, you came outta retirement!"
Dawn: "Where you been?"
Raphael: It was funny.
MTV: Unlike most albums, at least hip-hop albums these days, where there's tons of guest appearances and surprise cameos and things like that, on this album you just worked with Snoop Dogg and Q-Tip. Why those two artists and why on the song, "You?"
Raphael: Of course, everybody knows A Tribe Called Quest and Q-Tip and the relationship there. Me and Q-Tip did a lot of production together, and I worked with [producer] Battlecat, and I worked with Snoop a lot. I was just throwing things up in the air. Q-Tip was in New York, and Snoop was in New York at the same time, and I was in L.A., so we got 'em in a room and said, "Would you rhyme on this? Would you rhyme on this?" and they said yes, and they came together. I never heard Q-Tip on a West Coast beat, and with Snoop, too, so that was like a bonus. That's how that sort of happened.
MTV: What are your hopes for your debut album when it's out in stores?
Raphael: I'm expecting to just have a regular release like I had with the Tonys, [like] En Vogue's releases and Tribe's releases. We're not really into seeing if we sell 10 billion thousand copies the first week. We're more into...
Dawn: ... the people.
Raphael: Yeah. Making the people happy and selling records all year 'round, you know? We wanna stay consistent. That's all I can ask for. Just to give out some good product. We put a good album together, and we're gonna support the record and tour and pick up new fans along the way. That's all I'm expecting.
MTV: The new En Vogue album came out the same day as yours. Dawn, do you have any feelings or thoughts about that?
Dawn: No, I wish them luck. I was surprised when I heard that it was coming out the same day, and I was like, "Wow, that's so coincidental." But it is what it is, and I wish the best for them. I hope they have great success.
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