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This news should bright up your day, week, year and possibly life. L.A. Reid says that A Tribe Called Quest, all four members including Jarobi, recorded a secret album before Phife Dawg died and it could be coming out soon.

Ambrosia For Heads writes:

“Unknown to the public, before Phife’s death from kidney failure, he, Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi had recorded a sixth album as A Tribe Called Quest.

Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid confirmed the album’s existence in a conversation with the Rap Radar Podcast. At the 14:00 mark, when asked about the status of OutKast, Reid shifted the discussion to another Hip-Hop group thought to be permanently on hiatus. “You know what I’m excited about though? A Tribe Called Quest. [Epic Records] has A Tribe Called Quest album coming.” Asked if the release is a compilation of unused material, L.A. clarified, “It’s an album that [the members] recorded before Phife [Dawg] passed away. I’m really happy about it, man. It’s really something special. It’s one of the things I’m most excited about out of everything we’re working on…[Q-Tip and I have] a long relationship. Q-Tip’s a real friend, man. We didn’t hang out, take pictures, and act Hollywood, but he’s a friend. He’s made some incredible music and I love it.” As far as Tribe’s yet-to-be-titled next album, L.A. Reid confirmed complete participation. “Phife is there [on the album]—the whole group: Jarobi, the entire group, everybody. It’s great too.” Reid promised that this album would not become another tease without delivery. “It’s coming very soon, it’ll be [A Tribe Called Quest’s] first album in 18 years.”

This is much better than the bittersweet news that what Andre 3000 of Outkast shared when he said that Outkast and Tribe were planning on working on an album that never came into fruition. Here, we have proof from a label exec who actually has the power to not only have made the album happen, but actually put it out. We’re hoping that this will be as great as expected.

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