A Tribe Called Quest discography

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A Tribe Called Quest discography
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Studio albums6
Compilation albums5
EPs2
Singles16
Features singles4

A Tribe Called Quest is an American hip hop group, formed in 1985.[1] They have released six studio albums, five compilations, sixteen singles and two extended plays. The group is made up of rapper/main producer Q-Tip (Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, formerly Jonathan Davis), the late rapper Phife Dawg (Malik Taylor) and DJ/co-producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Phife Dawg was only persuaded to join when a fourth member, rapper 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 lacked the positive and joyful vibe present in their previous albums. Their fifth 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] Their sixth and final album, We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service, was released on November 11, 2016, with posthumous contributions from Phife Dawg. On May 22, 2017, the album was certified gold by the RIAA

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[6]
US R&B/HH
[7]
CAN
[8][9]
NZ
[10]
UK
[11][12]
People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm 91 23 54
The Low End Theory
  • Released: September 24, 1991
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
45 13 58
Midnight Marauders
  • Released: November 9, 1993
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
8 1 48 70
Beats, Rhymes and Life
  • Released: July 30, 1996
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
1 1 7 32 28
The Love Movement
  • Released: September 29, 1998
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
3 3 2 38
We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service
  • Released: November 11, 2016
  • Label: Epic
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
1 1 3 13 24
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Compilations[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[6]
US R&B/HH
[7]
Revised Quest for the Seasoned Traveller
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: CD
The Anthology
  • Released: October 26, 1999
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: LP, CD, CS, digital download
81 28
Hits, Rarities & Remixes
  • Released: June 17, 2003
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: CD, LP, CS, digital download
190 51
The Lost Tribes
  • Released: March 15, 2006
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: CD
112
The Best of A Tribe Called Quest
  • Released: April 1, 2008
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • Format: CD
139
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title Album details
A Tribe Called Quest EP
(UK only)
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: CD, vinyl
The Jam EP
(UK only)
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: Jive
  • Format: CD, vinyl

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[15]
US R&B/HH
[16]
US Rap
[17]
US Dance
[18]
NLD
[19]
UK
[12]
"Description of a Fool" 1989 People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
"I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" 1990 9
"Bonita Applebum" 56 4 47
"Can I Kick It?" 1991 8 13 15
"I Left My Wallet in El Segundo"
(Vampire Mix)
23 86 People's Instinctive Remixes
"Check the Rhime" 59 1 The Low End Theory
"Jazz (We've Got)" 19
"Scenario"
(featuring Leaders of the New School)
1992 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
"Award Tour" 1993 47 27 7 27 Midnight Marauders
"Electric Relaxation" 1994 65 38 13
"Oh My God"
(featuring Busta Rhymes)
69 15 81
"1nce Again" A 1996 38 34 Beats, Rhymes and Life
"Stressed Out"
(featuring Faith Evans)
56 15 33
"Jam"
(UK only)
1997 61
"Find a Way" 1998 71 29 18 41 The Love Movement
"Like It Like That"
(US promo only)
"We the People...." 2016 77 31 23 We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US US Rap NLD UK
1989 "Buddy" (De La Soul feat. A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, Monie Love & Queen Latifah) 2 7 3 Feet High and Rising
1990 "Doin' Our Own Dang" (Jungle Brothers feat. A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Monie Love & 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
2003 "I C U (Doin' It)" (Violator feat. A Tribe Called Quest & Erykah Badu) non-album single

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.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[15]
US R&B/HH
[16]
"The Space Program" 2016 [A] [B] We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances
Title Year Other performer(s) Album
"What Yo Life Can Truly Be" 1991 De La Soul, Dres A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays" (VLS)
"Sh.Fe.Mc's" 1994 De La Soul Clear Lake Audiotorium
"Glamour and Glitz" 1995 N/A The Show: The Soundtrack
"The Remedy" 1996 Common Get on the Bus: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture
"Peace, Prosperity & Paper" N/A High School High soundtrack
"Wild Hot" 1997 Busta Rhymes Rhyme & Reason soundtrack
"Same Ol' Thing" N/A Men in Black: The Album
"That Shit" 1998 Jay Dee The Mix Tape, Vol. III

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "The Space Program" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 25 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[20]
  2. ^ "The Space Program" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number two on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Tribe Called Quest official site: Group biography Archived 2012-07-08 at Archive.today
  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 Archived December 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine". EQ. Accessed December 28, 2008.
  4. ^ "Searchable Database - "The Low End Theory" Archived October 17, 2015, at the Wayback Machine". 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. Archived from the original on 2011-09-22. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
  9. ^ The Love Movement > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums. Allmusic. Accessed March 30, 2010.
  10. ^ "A Tribe Called Quest Discography" Archived October 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. 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 f "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Gold/Platinum - Music Canada". Music Canada. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  15. ^ a b "A Tribe Called Quest - US Hot 100". billboard.com. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  16. ^ a b "A Tribe Called Quest - US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". billboard.com. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  17. ^ "A Tribe Called Quest - US Rap Songs". billboard.com. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  18. ^ "A Tribe Called Quest - US Dance Club Songs". billboard.com. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  19. ^ "A Tribe Called Quest - Dutch Chart". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  20. ^ "A Tribe Called Quest – Chart history (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  21. ^ "A Tribe Called Quest – Chart history (Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 22, 2016.

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