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The greatest hip hop group to ever walk this Earth. Composed of mildly famous rappers Q-Tip and Phife Dawg, along with Ali Shaheed (Who makes their beats), they held a virtual monopoly on their genre of hip hop during the Early/mid 1990's. Their best work can be found in the tracks "Award Tour", "Bonita Applebum", "Electric Relaxation", "Da Booty", "Check the rhime" (No, I did not mispell that), "Can I kick it?" and "Find a way".

However, the group is now disbanded, with no knowledge of what the future may hold for this exceptional tandem.
Any modern day hip hop fan, black, white, asian or hispanic, would call you "gay" for listening to A Tribe Called Quest or De La Soul, simply because the two groups don't rap about drugs, whores and violence.
by Grimm_Demize September 28, 2003
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A fantastic hip-hop group formed in the late 80's-early 90's by now successful solo artist Q-Tip. They had a unique blend of jazz, rock, and alternative hip-hop that was not rivaled by many other groups. They have now disbanded, but their classic album "The Low End Theory" will live on as one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever recorded.
"Back in the days when I was a teenager,
Before I had status and before I had a pager,
You could find the abstract, listening to hip-hop,
My pops used to say it reminded him of bebop,
I said 'Well, daddy, don't you know that things go in cycles,
Way that Bobby Brown is just ampin' like
Michael,
It's all expected, things are for the lookin',
If you got the money, Quest is for the bookin''"

-"Excursions" A Tribe Called Quest
by Blackbird December 27, 2004
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Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. One of - if not the best - hip-hop groups to ever exist. Pioneers of the D.A.I.S.Y. (Da Inner Sound Y'all) genre of hip-hop along with De La Soul. Also a part of the Native Tongues Posse. They forged the gratest hip-hop album of all time (IMO): "The Low End Theory"
"If knowledge is the key then just show me the lock
Got the scrawny legs but I move just like Lou Brock
With speed. I'm agile plus I'm worth your while
One hundred percent intelligent black child
My optic presentation sizzles the retina
How far must I go to gain respect? Ummmm
Well, it's kind of simple, just remain your own
Or you'll be crazy sad and alone
Industry rule number four thousand and eighty:
Record company people are shady"

- Check the Rhime ("The Low End Theory" - A Tribe Called Quest, 1991)
by Stylus February 22, 2005
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an amazing and nearly overlooked hip hop group.

lyrics include: "responsibility is something i can't deny, illegalities are a narcissists reply" and such. if you haven't listened to them it's never too late
a tribe called quest is on another level.
by bpmbrent April 24, 2009
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A Tribe Called Quest is an amazing Hip hop group, arguably the best. Anyone who disses them is one ignorant moron who obviously doesn't know anything about hip hop
-A Tribe Called Quest Is GAY!!!
- You are an ignorant idiot. Jump off a bridge, you won't be missed
by Nemirni Nasty August 12, 2006
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The only rap group with an IQ of over 100.

A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ for short, but that's impossible to pronounce?!)
They can subtly blend laid back hip-hop beats with trumpets and a couple double basses. These guys top it off with intellegent, catchy lyrics that focus on more important things like the rap industry, the word nigger etc.

In the words of Phife Dawg: 'when was the last time you heard a funky diabetic?'
Guy #1- 'I really want to see A Tribe Called Quest live, but I'm scared my face will melt at the awesomeness, leaving me permanently hideous!'

Taylor Swift - 'Mmm, that happened to me.'
by choco-mango November 28, 2010
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Arguably the best and one of the greatest hip-hop groups in history that was formed in New York during the Golden Age of hip-hop. The group, which consisted of MCs Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad, was well ahead of their time and used mixes of jazzand hip-hopin their music. They were a strong and vital part of the Native Tongues Posse. They are best known as pioneers of Alternative Hip-hop and have released an enormous amount of critically acclaimed singles such as the ever famous "Electric Relaxation", "Bonita Applebum", "Check the Rhime", and "Scenario". They are by far the greatest and freshest hip-hop group known.
"The jazz, the what? The jazz can move that
Cuz the Tribe originates that feelin' of pizzazz
It's the universal sound, best to brothers underground
In the one-six below, ya didn't have to go"

- Q-Tip's verse from "Jazz (We've got) of A Tribe Called Quest's second studio album "Low End Theory".
by MC_J December 13, 2009
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