NBC has announced that hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest will reunite once again, as the group is booked to appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon tonight.
The appearance is in part to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their 1990 debut album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.
Fallon’s backing band The Roots’ drummer and bandleader Questlove has strong ties to A Tribe Called Quest, being close with Q-Tip.
A special edition reissue of the album will also be released today. The reissue was remastered by longtime Tribe engineer Bob Power and will feature remixes by Pharrell, Cee-Lo Green and J. Cole.
When asked about the landmark album, Q-Tip stated:
I had this album in my head for years before I did it. Looking at it over all, to see the thoughts of a 16-year-old gain any kind of acknowledgement makes me feel like I have arrived. But to see it in this incarnation…I’m Humbled.
Phife Dawg also chimed in about the album:
Epic LP that was way before its time! Q-Tip’s thought process was beyond genius, an album that 25 years later, you can still listen to from top to bottom!!!!
When A Tribe Called Quest split in 1998, the group stated that they wouldn’t play any more live shows together. Since then, and over the last 20 years, we have seen the group reunite a handful of times since their split, one time coming six years later in 2004 when the group made an appearance at Rock the Bells.
A Tribe Called Quest’s most recent appearance together came as the opening act on the two New York stops at Madison Square Garden on Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour. Q-Tip stated that this would be the group’s last performance together.
A Tribe Called Quest can also be seen on Saturday, Nov. 14, for their official anniversary party at the Santos Party House in New York City.
A Tribe Called Quest is Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White. White left Tribe in 1991 after the group’s first album.