Looks like A Tribe Called Quest aren't quite through with performing: LL Cool J brought out Q-Tip during his set at Meadows Festival in Queens earlier today. Together they performed “Award Tour” off A Tribe Called Quest’s 1993 album Midnight Marauders.
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A Tribe Called Quest announced earlier this month at their performance at Bestival Festival that they would no longer perform together. “A Tribe Called Quest, we suffered a blow,” Q-Tip said at the show. “We lost our boy Phife Dawg. This is gonna be our last show as A Tribe Called Quest, ever.” The legendary rap group canceled their Outside Lands Festival set two times last month, and explained it was due to a “wave of grief” following Phife Dawg’s death last year.
Even though LL Cool J’s performance was not streaming on Tidal like the majority of the Meadows festival, he brought out even more legendary guests during his performance at the festival, including DMC and Grandmaster Flash.
LL Cool J brought out Q-Tip & Jarobi for 'Award Tour', DMC for 'It's Tricky' & Grandmaster Flash for 'The Message'. Legendary #TheMeadowsNYC— Dave Martinson (@Martinswagr) September 16, 2017
LL Cool J is set to be honored by the Kennedy Center later this year, making him the first hip-hop artist to receive the award. Back when the honorees were announced in August, Q-Tip was one of the first people to congratulate his friend. LL Cool J also demonstrated his gratefulness by penning an emotional statement on Instagram.
Thank you Tip!!!! I appreciate you homie!! 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾— LLCOOLJ. (@llcoolj) August 3, 2017
My late grandmother passed some wise advice to me: 'If a task is once begun, never leave it ‘til it’s done. Be thy labor great or small, do it well or not at all.' That adage has guided everything I have ever done in my life and I couldn't be more grateful because it has led me here. To be the first rap artist honored by the @KennedyCenter is beyond anything I could have imagined. I dedicate this honor to the hiphop artists who came before me and those who came after me. This simply proves that dreams don't have deadlines. God is great.
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