2016 has been a brutal year for fans of A Tribe Called Quest, as they had to say goodbye to Phife Dawg back in March. But every cloud has a silver lining, no matter how big and stormy it is, and it looks like one has appeared for those hoping for a little more music from the groundbreaking New York hip-hop group.
For the anniversary special of their podcast, Rap Radar invited a ton of industry notables into the studio, including L.A. Reid, the chairman and CEO of Epic Records. Reid revealed that Tribe had completed the recording of a brand new album before Phife’s death on March 22.
“Phife is there, the whole group,” he told Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller. “Jarobi, the entire group, everybody.” Reid stressed his passion for the project and how much he’s looking forward to its release as well: “I’m really happy about it, man, it’s really something special. It’s one of the things I’m most excited about over everything we’re working on.”
The release will be the first A Tribe Called Quest album in nearly two decades, as their last full-length, The Love Movement, dropped in 1998. They recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, their debut, by rereleasing a special edition of the record featuring additional remixes by Pharrell and J. Cole.