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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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One who has a mania for music.
I am a melomaniac.
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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
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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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.
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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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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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