Monday, September 25, 2006

A Tribe Called Quest makes a comeback.

A Tribe Called Quest tore the roof off the House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Sunday, almost eight years since they disbanded following the release of their 1998 album, The Love Movement.

The core trio of Q-Tip, Phife and Ali Shaheed took the stage without saying a word. Ali Shaheed commanded his post behind the turntables and dropped the beat to their 1991 hit, “Buggin’ Out.” With the first lines of the song, “microphone check, one, two, what is this?” being uttered by Phife shortly after, A Tribe Called Quest quickly had a grasp over the audience and didn’t let go for more than an hour, relentlessly delivering their hit songs.

For much of the show, the crowd rapped along in unison, often jumping up and down. Former member Jarobi even joined the group onstage for an extended segment. By the time the show was winding down with the encore (which included the songs “Scenario” and “Award Tour”), it was evident how influential and important the group was to hip-hop and how many of their fans are loyal to this day, despite the fact that the group has not released an album or toured in almost eight years.

A Tribe Called Quest is currently headlining the 2K Sports Bounce Tour (concert dates are listed on the tour’s official web site). The Procussions, Consequence and Rhymefest are the tour’s opening acts.


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