After performing as A Tribe Called Quest opening for Prince at this year’s closing of the SXSW festival, Q-Tip admitted that he wants Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White to all collectively make an appearance on his upcoming album The Last Zulu.
Having not recorded any music together since 1998’s The Love Movement LP, the iconic hip-hop group appears to have finally made peace with one another and are en route to fulfilling many music fans wish lists by recording some new material together. While the group have been back touring together since their 2006 reunion tour, no new music has come to light from the group as a collaborative unit.
Q-Tip’s fourth album is reportedly a concept LP that takes Afrocentric sounds of the late ’80s/early ’90s originally made popular by the likes of Tribe, Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah, and Public Enemy, as well as any other act associated with the Universal Zulu Nation.
Claiming that, “The beats are gonna be hard. It’s gonna be traditional, like Zulu beats… old school Africa Islam tapes, with the drum breaks and shit like that,” Tip sounds like he has all the direction in the world and now it’s just time to start assembling a dream team to start work on it.
Take a look at a clip of the guys being interviewed at this year’s SXSW below.
A Tribe Called Quest will also be performing at this year’s London Wireless Festival in July.