Attendees of recent A Tribe Called Quest shows have gotten the not so subtle hint that the group plans to shut things down for good following their 2017 tour. Earlier in July, Q-Tip indicated as much, telling fans at the Panorama Festival, “This is it as Tribe. We can’t, you know… we gotta honor our brother Phife Dawg.”
Q-Tip announced the collective’s final show as A Tribe Called Quest Saturday night at Bestival in Dorset, England. Mark Beaumont of NME caught Q-Tips’s announcement to the crowd in the middle of “Whateva Will Be.”
“A Tribe Called Quest, we suffered a blow,” Q-Tip said. “We lost our boy Phife Dawg. This is gonna be our last show as A Tribe Called Quest, ever.”
The group went 18 years without releasing an album, as Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Q-Tip and Jerobi all pursued solo projects and other endeavors after the release of The Love Movement in 1998.
In November of 2013, Q-Tip announced the group would be performing their final series of shows while opening for Kanye West on select dates during the Yeezus Tour. However, the group would reconvene for We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service in November of 2016 giving them their first No. 1 chart debut since August of 1996.
With Phife Dawg’s death from complications of diabetes in March of 2016, Q-Tip’s announcement of Saturday’s performance as the final Tribe show ever is more likely to hold up than the previous one.
Fans captured highlights of the show on their social media feeds, essentially offering the final clips of a highlight reel that has been nearly 27 years in the making.
The Queens, New York collective reportedly ended their set with “Electric Relaxation” keeping in line with their practice of turning each Phife Dawg verse into a mini tribute.
“Twenty seven years, thanks for all the support you’ve given us over the years,” Q-Tip told the crowd. “Phife Dawg!”