When A Tribe Called Quest returned to the small screen for their first television performance in 18 years last November, they weren't necessarily expecting the huge creative surge that followed — and now they have an album to show for that lightning-in-a-bottle moment.
On Thursday (October 27), Q-Tip shared a handwritten note detailing the plans for the next — and final — ATCQ album, which features the late, great Phife Dawg. The wheels for the record began turning shortly after their appearance on The Tonight Show, which also took place on the day of the tragic attack on Le Bataclan in Paris.
In the note, Tip details how they basically left The Tonight Show studio to head into their own on that "unseasonably warm night in NYC."
"As we left 30 ROCK I felt the need, we all did, to get back to the studio and start the Cookup!! SO WE GOT TO IT!! It was coming together nicely and as you may know we lost our BROTHER may GOD REST HIS SOUL on March 22nd. But he left us with the Blue Print of what we had to do..."
News of the album broke earlier this year when Epic Records Chairman and C.E.O. L.A. Reid revealed that the album was "something special" that included the whole group. Busta Rhymes and Consequence were involved in the recording, and the album — which will "complete our paths of rhythm" — will drop on November 18. Get ready.