This past spring we lost a great one when Phife Dawg passed away. He left an indelible imprint on the world, especially in the hip hop community.
Although it’s little consolation for the loss, fans can look forward to the reports that Phife was able to record a new album with the rest of his A Tribe Called Quest brethren before passing away at the early age of 45.In a new interview on the Rap Radar podcast via DJ Booth, Epic Records music mogul L.A. Reid let us in on the secret that Phife, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White were able to reunite in the studio to record a new album, their first in 18 years.
“[It is] a brand new album that they recorded before Phife [Dawg] passed away,” Reid said on the podcast. “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.”
Although there is no official announcement or any other details regarding the new album, it will be the first since the groups 1998’s The Love Movement.
The Love Movement, was their fifth album and a top 3 debut, which was set to be their last album. From label politics with their label Jive Records, Q-Tip also publicly spoke about a growing creative rift between him and Phife Dawg, which was later seen in the documentary Beats, Rhymes, and Life.
Jive Records later became Epic Records and each A.T.C.Q. member had released solo albums. The group then started doing a number of tours and public appearances, but it was unknown to us that before Phife’s death from kidney failure that he and the rest of the tribe recorded a sixth album as A Tribe Called Quest.
Reid promised that this album would not become another tease without delivery. “It’s coming very soon, it’ll be [A Tribe Called Quest’s] first album in 18 years.”