Phife Dawg — Rest In Power

For Immediate Release

March 23, 2016

Statement from A Tribe Called Quest on the death of Malik I. Taylor a.k.a Phife Dawg The 5 ft. Assassin

Our hearts are heavy. We are devastated. This is something we weren’t prepared for although we all know that life is fleeting. It was no secret about his health and his fight. But the fight for his joy and happiness gave him everything he needed. The fight to keep his family happy, his soul happy and those around him happy, gave him complete and unadulterated joy… until he heeded his fathers call.

We love his family his mother, his father, his son, his wife, his nieces, his family here in New York, Atlanta, California and Trinidad.

Thank you for the outpouring of prayers and support from the fans, fellow artists, music outlets, blogs, radio stations, DJ’s, social media and the music community at large. This too is part of his joy and means a lot to him. His family is overwhelmed by the support, well wishes and are thankful. His music and what he’s contributed is seismic and hard to measure. He’s affected us as much as he’s affected all of you. We’re inspired by his daily joy and courage. He wasn’t in pain. He was happy.

We take comfort in knowing he will be beside his grandmother.


People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm
Debut album by the groundbreaking hip-hop group set for 25th Anniversary Release on November 13th

NEW YORK, NY, September 22, 2015 – A Tribe Called Quest and Sony Legacy have announced a special 25th anniversary edition collection of the group’s classic debut album People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm will be released on November 13th. In celebration of the 25th anniversary, the album will be remastered from the original tapes by Grammy-Award winning engineer Bob Power, and re-released with exclusive new remixes by a few of today’s biggest hip-hop artists who have credited A Tribe Called Quest as a major creative influence. Remixes will be announced in the coming weeks. This album will mark the debut release in a series of re-releases by A Tribe Called Quest over the course of the next few years.

#ATCQ25 Announcement

“I had this album in my head for years before I did it. Looking at it overall, to see the thoughts of a 16 year old gain any kind of acknowledgement makes me feel like I have arrived… But to see it in this incarnation … I’m humbled” — Q-Tip

“This album means a lot. It was the beginning of our careers; the beginning of our imprint; the beginning of seeing life the way we saw it, and being able to put it down in words and music.” — Ali Shaheed Muhammad

People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm made its debut in 1990 and came at a crucial time for hip-hop. The Queens-raised childhood friends— Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White—took the traditional hip-hop formula and threw it out the window.

Like their contemporaries in De La Soul and the Jungle Brothers, all of whom would become known as the Native Tongues collective, their lyrical and musical influences were unlike any hip-hop group on the scene. While many built breaks around vintage soul and funk samples, ATCQ utilized samples of jazz and ‘70s rock. Their verses were conversational instead of confrontational, addressing socially conscious topics with laid-back candor and slightly off-kilter humor.

Critics and hip-hop audiences understood the sea of change ATCQ represented. The Source gave the album a perfect score of five mics (a first for the publication), while The Village Voice praised it as “upliftingly dope.”

For more information please contact:
Carleen Donovan
DPR Legacy Recordings/Media Relations
O: 212.677.0014

ATCQ @ H2O Music Festival Los Angeles, CA





Festival to take place on August 17 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park

LOS ANGELES – MAY 28, 2013 – Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, today announced details for the 2013 H2O Music Festival. The festival will take place on Saturday, August 17 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. General admission and VIP tickets are on sale now.

“This year’s H2O Music Festival lineup truly acknowledges our audience’s vast array of musical tastes,” said Evan Harrison, executive vice president of Content & Entertainment, Univision Radio. “From Regional Mexican to R&B & Pop — from Hip Hop innovators to emerging pop stars, August 17 will solidify our music series as a unique and one-of-a-kind event for Hispanic America.”

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST will serve as co-headliners of the H2O Music Festival and confirmed artists include ROBERTO TAPIA, NE-YO, PRINCE ROYCE, LA SANTA CECILIA andFRANKIE J. The second co-headliner as well as additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Beats Rhymes and Life Nominated for Grammy




Best Long Form Music Video

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest
Michael Rapaport, video director; Robert Benavides, Debra Koffler, Eric Matthies, Frank Mele, Edward Parks & A Tribe Called Quest, video producers

Beats Rhymes and Life available on DVD!


A portrait of one of the most innovative and influential hip hop bands of all time, the Queens NY collective known as A Tribe Called Quest.

Special Features:

  • Commentary with Director Michael Rapaport
  • Mike’s Journey
  • Bringing Beats to Life
  • On the Red Carpet at the Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere
  • Radio in NYC
  • Group Dynamics
  • Will A Tribe Called Quest Make More Music?
  • A Message From Zulu Nation Featuring Mike G of Jungle Brothers

A Tribe Called Quest has been one of the most commercially successful and artistically significant musical groups in recent history. The band’s sudden break-up in 1998 shocked the industry and saddened the scores of fans, whose appetite for the group’s innovative musical stylings never seem to diminish. This insightful film, directed by Michael Rapaport, takes viewers on a behind-the-scenes journey – chronicling the group’s rise to fame and revealing the stories behind the tensions which erupted in the years to come.

Pre-Order – Ships on or before December 15, 2011

Pre-Order – Ships on or before December 15, 2011





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Goodies inside the pack inclue “Beats, Rhymes, & Life: The Trials Of A Tribe Called Quest” on DVD plus all of ATCQ’s studio albums (Midnight Marauders; Beats, Rhymes And Life; People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm; The Love Movement; and The Low End Theory).

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