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Without question the most intelligent, artistic rap group during the 1990s, A Tribe Called Quest jump-started and perfected the hip-hop alternative to hardcore and gangsta rap. In essence, they abandoned the macho posturing rap music had been constructed upon, and focused instead on abstract philosophy and message tracks. The "sucka MC" theme had never been completely ignored in hip-hop, but Tribe confronted numerous black issues — date rape, use of the word nigger, the trials and tribulations of the rap industry — all of which overpowered the occasional game of the dozens. Just as powerful musically, Quest built upon De La Soul's jazz-rap revolution, basing tracks around laid-back samples instead of the played-out James Brown-fests which many rappers had made a cottage industry by the late '80s. Comprised of Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Phife, A Tribe Called Quest debuted in 1989 and released their debut album one year later. Second album The Low End Theory was, quite simply, the most consistent and flowing hip-hop album ever recorded, though the trio moved closer to their harder contemporaries on 1993's Midnight Marauders. A spot on the 1994 Lollapalooza Tour showed their influence with the alternative crowd — always a bedrock of A Tribe Called Quest's support — but the group kept it real on 1996's Beats, Rhymes and Life, a dedication to the streets and the hip-hop underground.

A Tribe Called Quest is an influential alternative rap group of the 1990s, originally formed in Queens, New York City in 1988. The group is comprised of Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Phife.

Q-Tip and Phife had grown up together in Queens, and met Muhammad in high school. The Jungle Brothers, who attended the same school, coined the name and soon, the trio began performing and recording on a local label. Q-Tip also guested with De La Soul and Deee-Lite.
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At the time of their inception, A Tribe Called Quest was virtually unique within the hip-hop community for eschewing gangsta rap and macho posturing: their lyrics focused on philosophy and abstract messages, rapping about the word "nigger", date rape and consumerism, among other controversial topics. Musically, ATCQ emerged from jazz-rap (such as De La Soul) and hit the music scene in 1990 with People's Instinctive Travels and Paths of Rhythm. Though this album was critically acclaimed and built a fan base, the following album, The Low End Theory was a massive artistic success, making several best of the year lists; it is considered one of the best and most important hip-hop albums. This was followed by Midnight Marauders (1993), Beats, Rhymes and Life (1996) and The Love Movement (1998). After that, the group broke up. Q-Tip went on to found a successful solo career.

The Low End Theory had included several tracks with props to hip-hop friends, and A Tribe Called Quest cemented their support of the rap community with 1993's Midnight Marauders. The album cover and booklet insert included the faces of more than 50 rappers — including obvious choices such as De La Soul and the Jungle Brothers — as well as mild surprises like the Beastie Boys, Ice-T, and Heavy D. Though impossible to trump Low End's brilliance, the LP offered several classics (including Tribe's most infectious single to date, "Award Tour") and a harder sound than the first two albums. During the summer of 1994, A Tribe Called Quest toured as the obligatory rap act on the Lollapalooza Festival lineup, and spent a quiet 1995, marked only by several production jobs for Q-Tip. Returning in 1996 with their fourth LP, Beats, Rhymes and Life, Tribe showed signs of wear; it was a good album, but proved less striking than The Low End Theory or Midnight Marauders. While touring in support of 1998's The Love Movement, the group announced their impending breakup.
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