A Tribe Called Quest discography

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A Tribe Called Quest discography
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Studio albums 5
Compilation albums 5
Video albums 5
Singles 13
Features singles 1

A Tribe Called Quest is an American hip hop group, formed in 1985.[1] They released five studio albums, five compilations, thirteen singles and five video albums. The group is made up of rapper/producer Q-Tip (Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, formerly Jonathan Davis), rapper Phife Dawg (Malik Taylor) and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Ali was only persuaded to join when a fourth member, Jarobi White, joined the group. In 1989 they signed a demo deal with Geffen Records, but not given a full-fledged recording contract. After receiving many offers, they opted for the Jive Records label, an independent rap label. In under a year, they managed to produce People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm to a lukewarm reception, reaching #91 on the Billboard 200, though it did achieve gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Their next album, The Low End Theory, helped shape alternative hip-hop in the 1990s.[2][3] It established a link between their hip hop based music and the jazz genre. It was a large success, and, on February 1, 1995, the RIAA certified the album platinum.[4] Their following album, Midnight Marauders, released in 1993, also earned the platinum award. Beats, Rhymes and Life, their subsequent album which was released three years after Midnight Marauders, was considered their darkest work. It leaves the positive and joyful vibe that is present in their previous albums. Their final studio album followed, The Love Movement. It was regarded by critics as returning to the group's positive vibe.[citation needed] It was awarded gold by the RIAA on November 1, 1998.[5]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year  Album details  Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[6]
US R&B
[7]
CAN
[8][9]
NZ
[10]
UK
[11][12]
1990 People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm 91 23 54
1991 The Low End Theory
  • Released: September 24, 1991
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: CD, LP
45 13 58
  • RIAA: Platinum[13]
1993 Midnight Marauders
  • Released: November 9, 1993
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: CD, LP
8 1 48 70
  • RIAA: Platinum[13]
1996 Beats, Rhymes and Life
  • Released: July 30, 1996
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: CD, LP
1 1 7 32 28
1998 The Love Movement
  • Released: September 29, 1998
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: CD
3 3 2 38
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Compilations[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[6]
US R&B
[7]
1992 Revised Quest for the Seasoned Traveller
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Jive (#2811)
  • Format: CD
1999 The Anthology
  • Released: October 26, 1999
  • Label: Jive (#41679)
  • Format: LP, CD, CS
81 28
2003 Hits, Rarities & Remixes
  • Released: June 17, 2003
  • Label: Jive (#41839)
  • Format: CD, LP, CS
190 51
2006 The Lost Tribes
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: CD
112
2008 The Best of A Tribe Called Quest
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Sony BMG (#725246)
  • Format: CD
139
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
U.S. Hot 100
[15]
U.S. R&B
[16]
U.S. Rap U.S. Dance
[17]
ND
[18]
UK
[12]
1989 "Description of a Fool" People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
1990 "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" 9
"Bonita Applebum" 56 4 47
1991 "Can I Kick It?" 8 13 15
"I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" (Norman Cook Remix) 23 86 People's Instinctive Remixes
"Check the Rhime" 59 1 The Low End Theory
"Jazz (We've Got)" 19
1992 "Scenario" (featuring Leaders of the New School) 57 42 6
"Luck of Lucien" (Tom And Jerry Remix) (UK only) Revised Quest for the Seasoned Traveller
"Can I Kick It?" (Boilerhouse Remix) (UK only)
"Hot Sex" 99 Boomerang soundtrack
1993 "Award Tour" 47 27 7 27 Midnight Marauders
1994 "Electric Relaxation" 65 38 13
"Oh My God" (featuring Busta Rhymes) 69 15 81
1995 "A Tribe Called Quest EP" (UK only)
1996 "1nce Again" A 38 34 Beats, Rhymes and Life
"Stressed Out" (featuring Faith Evans) 56 15 33
1997 "Jam EP" (UK only) 61
1998 "Find a Way" 71 29 18 41 The Love Movement
"Like It Like That" (US promo only)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

As featured performer[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. Rap ND UK
1990 "Doin' Our Own Dang" (Jungle Brothers feat. De La Soul, Monie Love, A Tribe Called Quest & Queen Latifah) 40 33 Done by the Forces of Nature
1997 "Rumble in the Jungle" A (Fugees feat. A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes & John Forté) 71 3 3 When We Were Kings soundtrack

A Did not chart on the Hot 100 or Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts (Billboard rules at the time prevented album cuts from charting). Chart peak listed here represents Hot 100 Airplay and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay charts data.

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Tribe Called Quest official site: Group biography
  2. ^ Chinen, Nate (October 17, 2007). "CMJ Music Marathon: Q-Tip Catches the Fever". The New York Times. Accessed December 29, 2008.
  3. ^ Daley, Dan (November 2007). "New York Grooves". EQ. Accessed December 28, 2008.
  4. ^ "Searchable Database - "The Low End Theory"". Recording Industry Association of America. Accessed October 6, 2009.
  5. ^ Search Results - "The Love Movement". Recording Industry Association of America. Accessed December 11, 2008.
  6. ^ a b "Billboard charts". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  7. ^ a b "Billboard charts". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  8. ^ "A Tribe Called Quest Chart Positions". RPM. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  9. ^ The Love Movement > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums. Allmusic. Accessed March 30, 2010.
  10. ^ "A Tribe Called Quest Discography". Charts.org.nz. eMedia Jungen. Retrieved 14 November 2009.
  11. ^ "Uk Discography for A Tribe Called Quest". ChartStats.com. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  12. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 565. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  13. ^ a b c d e "Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  14. ^ a b "Searchable Database". Music Canada. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  15. ^ "A Tribe Called Quest - US Hot 100". billboard.com. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  16. ^ "A Tribe Called Quest - US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". billboard.com. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  17. ^ "A Tribe Called Quest - US Dance Club Songs". billboard.com. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  18. ^ "A Tribe Called Quest - Dutch Chart". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 

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