[[caption-width-right:272:Like [[WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks A Pimp Named Slickback]], you have to say the whole thing.]]

A Tribe Called Quest is a AlternativeHipHop group, formed in 1985. It is composed of rapper/producer Q-Tip (Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, formerly Jonathan Davis), rapper Phife Dawg (Malik Taylor), and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad. A fourth member, rapper Jarobi White, left the group after their first album but appears to have rejoined the group since 2006. The group is regarded as iconic pioneers of alternative hip hop music, having helped to pave the way for innovative hip-hop artists. Allmusic calls them "the most intelligent, artistic rap group during the 1990s".

Along with Music/DeLaSoul, the group was a central part of the Native Tongues Posse, and enjoyed the most commercial success out of all the groups to emerge from that collective. Their innovative fusing of hip hop and jazz has had a lasting impact on hip hop music, helping to expand the art of hip hop production. Many of their songs, such as "Bonita Applebum", "Can I Kick It?", "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo", "Scenario", "Check the Rhime", "Jazz (We've Got)", "Award Tour", and "Electric Relaxation" are regarded as classics.

They released five albums in eight years (the first in 1990; the last in 1998), and although the first three [=LPs=] were highly acclaimed, the group disbanded in 1998 because of friction between Phife Dawg and Q-Tip. In 2006, the group reunited, and five years later, a documentary about the group, ''Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest'', was also made, and it was directed by Creator/MichaelRapaport. The group played several shows on Music/KanyeWest's Yeezus Tour in 2013 and then stepped out of the spotlight before reuniting again on November 13, 2015 on ''Series/TheTonightShow'' in wake of the Paris terrorist attacks. Feeling "charged", they subsequently decided to put aside their differences and secretly record a new album.

Tragedy struck on March 22, 2016 when Phife Dawg [[AuthorExistenceFailure passed away]] due to complications resulting from his diabetes. Nevertheless, in August 2016, L.A Reid, CEO of Epic Records, announced that a new ATCQ album was coming out, and eventually it was given a set release date. This album (reportedly their final album, [[WordOfGod according to Q-Tip]]), ''We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service'', came out on November 11, 2016. The 16-track double album features many rappers and artists from the past and present such as Music/KendrickLamar, André 3000, Music/KanyeWest, Music/EltonJohn, Music/AndersonPaak, Music/JackWhite, Consequence and more. The remaining members of the group played on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' the day after the album released. The album itself is a tribute and dedicated to Phife Dawg.

* ''People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm'' (1990)
* ''Music/TheLowEndTheory'' (1991)
* ''Midnight Marauders'' (1993)
* ''Beats, Rhymes and Life'' (1996)
* ''The Love Movement'' (1998)
* ''We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service'' (2016)

'''Notable Songs'''
* "Bonita Applebum" from "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm"
* "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" from "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm"
* "Can I Kick It" from "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm"
* "Check The Rhime" from "Music/TheLowEndTheory"
* "Jazz (We've Got)" from "Music/TheLowEndTheory"
* "Scenario" from "Music/TheLowEndTheory"
* "Hot Sex" from "Midnight Maruauders"
* "Award Tour" from "Midnight Maruauders"
* "Electric Relaxation" from "Midnight Maruauders"
* "Oh My God" from "Midnight Maruauders"
* "1nce Again" from "Beats, Rhymes and Life"
* "Stresed Out'" from "Beats, Rhymes and Life"
* "Find A Way" from "The Love Movement"
* "The Space Program" from "We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service"
* "We The People" from "We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service"

!!A Tribe Called Quest provides examples of:
* AlternativeHipHop: They are one of the better known hip hop artists in this genre.
* BigApplesauce: Their songs frequently reference New York.
* BookEnds: Their entire recording career may be a worthy example. At the beginning of ''People's Instinctive Travels...'' a (newborn?) baby is heard crying, and at the very end of ''We Got It From Here...'' the name of a deceased person (Phife Dawg!) is being chanted.
* ControlFreak: In ''Beats Rhymes & Life'' (The Movie) Phife, Ali and their old manager say that Q-Tip is/was this.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Beats, Rhymes and Life'' (The Album) has a darker sound and lyrical tone than the previous three releases.
* DistractedByTheSexy: The actual cause of Q-Tip leaving his wallet in El Segundo.
-->Ali said "pay for lunch", So I did it\\
Pulled out the wallet and I saw this wicked beautiful lady\\
She was a waitress there\\
Put the wallet down and stared and stared\\
To put me back into reality, here's Shaheed,\\
"Yo, Tip, man, you got what you need!"\\
I checked for keys and started to step\\
But what do you know, my wallet I forget
* UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHipHop: They are one of the most acclaimed hiphop artists.
* JerkAss: Judging from ''Beats, Rhymes & Life'' (The Movie) Q-Tip shifted from InnocentlyInsensitive to this.
* InsufferableGenius: One definitely gets that vibe from Q-Tip after watching the movie.
* LocationSong: "I Left My Wallet In El Segundo", about how the band lost their wallet in this place and need to retrieve it.
* LongTitle: ''People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm''. Also ''Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest'' and ''We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service''
* LyricSwap: In "Check the Rhime" the first two lines of each verse are the same (albeit with Q-tip rapping the first and Phife the second) but afterwords the lyrics are different.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: "I Left My Wallet In El Segundo", the best song ever written about a lost wallet.
* NWordPrivileges: "Sucka Nigga" touches upon this in the second verse.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Thanks to a throwaway TakeThat line in "Jazz (We've Got)[[note]] ''"Me sweat another?/I do my own thing/Strictly hardcore tracks/Not a new jack swing"''[[/note]] that led to him getting jumped by rap/New Jack Swing group Wreckx-N-Effect, Q-Tip was forced to wear a gimp mask to cover up an eye injury in the music video for "Hot Sex".
* RecordProducer: Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed almost exclusively produced everything the Tribe put out. The exceptions are their three-year period between 1996-1999 with their production crew "The Ummah",[[note]] Music/JDilla, Tip, Ali Shaheed, D'Angelo, & Raphael Saadiq[[/note]] and ''We Got From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service'' featured various guest producers and composers, including Elton John and Kanye West.[[note]] This was due to Ali Shaheed largely being tied up composing the score for ''Series/LukeCage2016''[[/note]]
* {{Rockumentary}}: Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.
* ShoutOut: In "Oh My God" from ''Midnight Marauders'', Phife Dawg shouts out Music/AlBSure, {{Music/TLC}}, and En Vogue.