A Tribe Called Quest Comes to an End 27-Year Run Following Bestival Performance

Can we kick it? Looks like, no we can’t. Everyone’s favorite 90’s hip hop collective has come to an end, officially. A Tribe Called Quest, known for their masterful samples and effortless vibes, announced the official end of their group after 27 years. The confirmation was delivered by Q-Tip who announced that Bestival in Dorset, England this past Saturday night (September 9) would be their final show as A Tribe Called Quest.

Hints have been thrown around for a minute now that Tribe wouldn’t be continuing for much longer, especially after their 2017 tour ended. In fact, it was in July when Q-Tip told fans at the Panorama Festival that Tribe would be no more soon enough. “This is it as Tribe. We can’t, you know… we gotta honor our brother Phife Dawg.”

Q-Tip echoed a similar announcement over the weekend, but in this effort, he was making things official. In the middle of “Whateva Will Be,” the emcee told the crowd, “A Tribe Called Quest, we suffered a blow. We lost our boy Phife Dawg. This is gonna be our last show as A Tribe Called Quest, ever.”

Prior to their latest release, the collective stopped with their musical endeavors as a group after the release of 1998’s The Love Movement. Group members Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaeed Muhammad, and Jerobi all went on to pursue solo projects. But in November 2013, the group reunited to perform a set of final shows opening for Kanye West during select dates on his Yeezus Tour.

The group reunited once again however for the release of what is now known as their final album as A Tribe Called Quest. We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service dropped in November 2016, 18 years after their last album and gave Tribe their first number one chart debut since 1996.

Phife Dawg died in March of last year due to complications from his diabetes, which makes Q-Tip’s Saturday night announcement feel more permanent than the group’s previous talks of finality.

“Twenty seven years, thanks for all the support you’ve given us over the years,” Q-Tip told the Bestival crowd. “Phife Dawg!”

Phife Dawg, born Malik Taylor, was 45 when he passed away last year. Rest in power.

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