Q-Tip Says ‘Stay Tuned for Any Other Incarnation’ of A Tribe Called Quest
In a recent Annie Mac interview on BBC Radio 1, Q-Tip alludes to A Tribe Called Quest continuing; the famed hip-hop group could go on in a new variation, and Tip made reference to late member Phife Dawg's former methods.
“Stay tuned for any other incarnation because we don’t intend on stopping,” Q-Tip told the radio host. “That was Phife’s M.O., this time we gotta do it and keep going.’ He’s left us with the equation of how do we do it, but we’re going to need it, and we’re going to continue.”
The interview focused on Tribe’s new album, We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service, as it was listed as one of BBC Radio's favorite albums of the year. During the nearly 20 minute interview, Tip went into depth about the process of creating the album and how it helped the group grieve over the loss of their friend and group member, Phife Dawg.
“At the end of the day, it was cathartic,” Tip said. “But, he was our friend. We all grew up as friends for many many years, so that compounded with the fact that we made something many people deemed special, and created music, or we were in the creative space. That was just another energy element added to it altogether. So yeah, it was tough at time to go back in [and make another album].”
Q-Tip had previously said that We Got It From Here would be Tribe’s final album. But after this interview it seems as though the group isn't done making music, since they have another "incarnation" coming soon.
You can stream the interview in full here.