A Tribe Called Quest Have Performed Their Last Show Ever (Video)
In a career that lasted more than 29 years, A Tribe Called Quest have completed their final concert. Over the weekend, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White played Bestival in East Lulworth, United Kingdom before hanging up their mics and turntables as a collective. The 90-minute-show followed an international run in support of November 2016’s We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your service. That reunion LP, Tribe’s first in 18 years, was secretly recorded ahead of Phife Dawg’s March 2016 death. It would debut at #1, following an unforgettable SNL performance.
With reports ahead of the weekend show suggesting this would be a curtain call, Q-Tip confirmed such before the audience. “A Tribe Called Quest, we suffered a blow,” Tip told the crowd during “Whateva Will Be” midway through their 90 minute set, “we lost our boy Phife Dawg. This is gonna be our last show as A Tribe Called Quest, ever.” NME reports that A.T.C.Q.’s leader then quoted lines from Phife’s verse: “Say, am I ‘posed to be dead or doin’ life in prison? / Just another dummy caught up in the system / Unruly hooligan who belongs in Spofford / Verse getting that degree at Stanford or Harvard.”
One show-goer posted video of The Abstract, sitting at the end of the stage, and performing 1991’s “Excursions” for the audience.
Longtime Tribe affiliate and Q-Tip cousin Consequence was also on stage for the show. Last month, the Queens collective canceled two Outside Lands Festival shows, citing grief for their fallen band member.
We got it from Here… is believed to be eligible for 2018 Grammy consideration. The group stole the show at this year’s affair, with Anderson .Paak in a politically charged display:
Even ahead of their 2016 LP, A Tribe Called Quest performed and toured during the 2000s and 2010s. Jarobi, a co-founder, returned to the group for many of those runs.