This is not a drill. This is as real as it gets. A Tribe Called Quest, the legendary, groundbreaking golden age hip-hop crew of Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, the late Phife Dawg and sometimes Jarobi White ("A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y") have officially announced the release date of their final album.
A giddy Q-Tip shared the news last night. "Get to dat gram get to dat FB," he tweeted Thursday night. "I HAVE SOMETHING FOR YA." On the 'Gram fans found a handwritten note detailing the project and its creation myth.
Q-Tip reassured the people that the album won't be filled with "old Phife bars," as he wrote. "This is that pure, unstepped on pure!"
Phife Dawg died due to complications from diabetes in March, a sudden tragedy to an outpouring of love and support from the hip-hop community.
Q-Tip's letter also reveals how the album was inspired in part by the attacks that took place in Paris last November, the same night the group performed on the Tonight Show, their first television performance in 18 years. Their new joint will come out Nov. 11, days within the one year anniversary of the attacks.
It's hard to think of a better way to memorialize that tragedy, which was in large part an attack on Western musical culture, than with an album from the source, the act that welcomed so many listeners into hip-hop, A Tribe Called Quest.
Do what you need to do to prepare: Tell your mother, tell your father, send a telegram. It's going down.
Read the text of Q-Tip's letter in full below:
To all the good people worldwide!
We hope this letter finds you and yours safe and without a scratch!
Last year this time myself, Jarobi, Ali and PHIFE had the extreme pleasure of performing on the Tonight Show. It was our first T.V. performance in 18 years.
The energy for us that night was one that we hadn't experienced on stage together in some time!
It was also the night of the PARIS BOMBING.... Nov. 13th...Friday...A unseasonably warm night in NYC.
As we left 30 ROCK I felt the need, we all did, to get back to the studio and start that cook up!! So WE GOT TO IT!
It was coming together nicely and as you may know we lost our BROTHER may GOD REST HIS SOUL on March 22.
But he left us with the blue print of what we had to do.
So we collected ourselves and along tribesmen, BUSTA [Rhymes] and CONS... [Consequence] we complete what will be, obviously the final A TRIBE CALLED QUEST ALBUM!
No this isn't filled with old Phife bars.. This is that pure, unstepped on pure!!
And on Nov. 11th, 2016 we will complete our Paths of Rhythm.. Join us! Peace!! Q-Tip