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article imageQ-Tip plans studio time with A Tribe Called Quest members

By Layne Weiss     Mar 20, 2013 in Entertainment
Austin - After a 15-year break, Hip-Hop group A Tribe Called Quest might be reuniting even though each member said it wasn't going to happen.
Oddly enough, it's Q-Tip who wants to bring Tribe members Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White back together for his new LP the Last Zulu, Rolling Stone reports, and he's the one who said years ago that a reunion would "never ever happen." At the time, the now G.O.O.D Music artist explained that when you have artists try to recreate the magic after being apart for so long, you just never know what to expect and the fans and artists themselves can be let down. "It's why the Beatles never got back together," he explained.
Q-Tip wasn't the only one who felt this way. Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Phife Dawg weren't quite as passionate, but they definitely didn't seem confident that A Tribe Called Quest would ever record together. Ali Shaheed Muhammad said simply that the group just hadn't really discussed collaborating.
Phife Dawg said the group wasn't even close to coming together for a collaboration, but said he would love for it to happen someday. It looks like now, he will get his wish. The group did perform together at SXSW in Austin this past weekend and now Q-Tip wants cameos from his fellow Tribe members. Despite plans to collaborate in the studio, however, Q-Tip says that the group is mainly focused on touring. "We love performing. There's a lot of places around the world that we've yet to hit, believe it or not," he told Rolling Stone, adding that the group has a couple dates scheduled for Europe this summer. "We're probably just gonna concentrate on the rest of the world. We've kind of played America."
Regarding The Last Zulu, Q-Tip is really "excited." Minutes after opening for Prince for the show's finale, sitting next to his A Tribe Called Quest group-mates, he spoke about the new album with Billboard. "The beats are gonna be traditional, like Zulu beats...old Africa Islam tapes with the drum beats and sh** like that.
The artist also said he's been doing some work with Mariah Carey and D'Angelo. Then said he would be DJing with fellow A Tribe Called Quest member Ali Shaheed Muhammad, "if I can coerce him," he said, slightly nudging him on the couch. The rapper/producer/DJ explained that the do would both be in Brooklyn around the same time, so that they will hopefully be able to find some time get together and make something happen.
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