Last Friday (Nov. 18), A Tribe Called Quest spent time with CRWN creator Elliott Wilson to discuss their triumphant return to hip-hop with their No. 1 album We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service.
New York City's Webster Hall housed the legendary crew -- comprised of Q-Tip, Jarobi White and close Tribe collaborators Busta Rhymes and Consequence -- as they dived into a slew of topics ranging from Puff Daddy's No Way Out making them contemplate retirement, the late Phife Dawg inspiring Jarobi during the creative process for We Got It From Here, and Rhymes touching on his life-long relationship with the Tribe.
"When Puff went platinum with No Way Out that's when we were like, 'This might be it.' That's when we really realized that everything was changing," says Q-Tip during the interview.
Rhymes joined the discussion and chimed in on how vital ATCQ has been to his career since the beginning. "I'm the biggest Tribe fan in the planet," he said. "I've always wanted to be in the group. When I didn't get the big brother love from Leaders -- well, from Charlie [Brown] -- I got it from Q-Tip. Then, Q-Tip got busy with making beats. So, when he wasn't home. I'd go to Phife's crib. When Phife wasn't home, I'd go to Jarobi's house. I told my mom that she can quit her job after we did "Scenario." After that, everybody wanted that dragon growl. They embraced me for who I've always been, and they encourage that shit."
Jarobi also explained how late member Phife Dawg, who passed away in March from complications with diabetes, pushed him creatively while putting together their latest album. "I can't even take credit. The cameraderie was at an all-time high, and Phife Dawg groomed me leading up to this. He stayed on me."
Give the full interview with Tribe and Elliot Wilson a run below.