Dawn Robinson, Saadiq, Ali Shaheed Join Forces; Phife Records Solo Single

You may not have heard of Lucy Pearl yet, but expect to in the near future.

Raphael Saadiq, who spent ten years making hits as part of R&B trio Tony! Toni! Tone!, has joined former En Vogue vocalist Dawn Robinson and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, the man behind many of the beats for the recently retired A Tribe Called Quest, to form the mysteriously named group.

Saadiq has collaborated for years with Ali and his Tribe cohorts and is even a card-carrying member of the Tribe’s production entity, The Ummah. So how, you might ask, did Robinson come into the Lucy Pearl fold?

“Dawn’s from Oakland, and we’ve always been good friends,” Saadiq, also from Oakland, told the MTV Radio Network. “We always used to run into each other at the restaurants, and I just told her about the group. I said, ‘Just check it out, tell me what you think,’ and we hooked up and we starting to write now, and she likes it, so we’re trying to put it together right now.”

Meanwhile, Muhammad’s former
Tribe bandmates, Q-Tip and Phife, have been launching their respective solo careers. Q-Tip is currently enjoying his first solo hit with “Vivrant Thing,” the first single off “Violator: The Album.” As previously reported by MTV, Q-Tip is preparing to release his debut solo album, “Amplified,” which should hit stores in November (see “Q-Tip Gets ‘Amplified’ For Debut Solo Album” ).

Meanwhile, Phife Dawg has just recorded a solo single, “Bend Ova.” The track was produced by Jay Dee of the group Slum Village and features a b-side titled “Thought U Wuz Nice.”