A Tribe Called Quest said that rumors of their demise have been greatly exaggerated, and backed up their words with on-stage actions Thursday night at New York City's Tramps nightclub. "There's no nothing," Tribe's Q-Tip told MTV News after the show.
"We're just gonna concentrate on what we got to do this summer. We gotta do some shows. We gotta play some ball. We gotta kick some ass." [700k QuickTime]
Rumors had been circulating for some time that the pioneering rap outfit would call it quits after eight years and four albums together, and that the group's upcoming album "The Love Movement," would be their last.
That didn't appear to be the case when the band took the stage Thursday night for a set that saw Mos Def, Busta Rhymes, and "long lost Quester" (as Tribe Q-Tip dubbed him) Jarobi join the group on-stage. Tribe rolled through classics like "Buggin' Out," "Bonita Applebaum," "Phony
Rappers," and "Can I Kick It" and new tracks titled "Find My Way," "Pad N Pen," and "The Booty," before an encore of "Award Tour," "Scenario" with Busta, and "Check The Rhyme." "Tribe Called Quest are still the purest most authentic motherf***ers in hip-hop. You should salute them," Busta declared from the stage.
"This rap s*** is nuts, but we still here and we want to thank y'all for the support over the years," Q-Tip told the crowd before leaving the stage.
Last week, spokespeople for the group denied that the break-up was eminent as word came that Tribe would not be touring in Europe as planned (see "A Tribe Called Quest Lands Beasties Opening Slot, Cancels European Tour").