In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last month, A Tribe Called Quest recently dropped a few remixed tracks from their 1990 debut LP, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. Okay, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. Maybe you haven’t thought of Tribe much lately. This is forgivable; the group’s last public appearance was a brief show on the Yeezus tour in 2013. But now? Now the Tribe is cooking.
The remixes are part of Tribe’s fully remastered reissue of People’s Instinctive Travels, set for release this Friday (Nov. 13). So far, we’ve been treated to Pharrell’s take on the timeless classic “Bonita Appelbum,” a “Footprint” remix with Cee-Lo, and a new version of “Can I Kick It” produced by J.Cole. All three tracks maintain the eternally chill, funky vibes that propelled Tribe to mainstream success while also displaying tweaked production and blending in some modern percussion. Can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for I Left My Wallet In El Segundo.
Tribe fans are a loyal and fervent clan. The new release no doubt has hip-hop heads ecstatic, and for good reason. Q-Tip (and, to a lesser extent, Phife Dawg) was SIXTEEN years old when he penned most of the original LP. That is absolute lunacy. He was basically a talented, non-criminal version of Bobby Shmurda; better yet, Tribe was a collective of four Joey Bada$$es -on Joey’s best day – in an era that was begging for hip-hop pioneers. They delivered to the fullest. People’s Instinctive Travels is 25 years old and still stands the test of time. The remastered version should cement its place in history for years to come.
But wait, there’s more good news: as part of their promo campaign, Q-Tip, Phife, Ali, and Jarobi are set to reunite for their first performance in over two years on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this Friday. Sure, the Venn diagram intersection of Jimmy Fallon + A Tribe Called Quest fans might be tiny, but none of that matters once the quartet hits the stage.
I’m probably, like, one of twenty super stoked white dudes tuning in for Fallon on Friday night. It’s just great to know that there are more Tribe projects in our future. Especially since Q-Tip ruled all of this out following the show at MSG back in 2013. Q-Tip no-showed an interview Thursday morning on New York’s Hot97, but the other three members confirmed that they do expect to tour in the future (just not in 2016).
Cue the music