Q-Tip made a surprise announcement on social media Thursday night that A Tribe Called Quest's final album (the existence of which was confirmed by L.A. Reid this past summer) will be released next month. Noting that the Paris bombing and the group's performance on The Tonight Show had driven them back into the studio, Q-Tip said that they had created the "blueprint" for a final album, which will be released on Nov. 11.
Reid originally discussed the album on the Rap Radar podcast back in August. “We have a long relationship,” he said about the group. “Q-Tip is a real friend, man. We didn’t hang out and take pictures and act Hollywood. He’s a real friend, you know? And he’s made some incredible music and I love it. And Phife is there. Jarobi—the whole group. The entire group. It’s great, too.”
A Tribe Called Quest founding member Phife Dawg tragically passed away in March, causing an outpouring of grief from fans of the pioneering hip-hop collective. Q-Tip spoke out about Phife's death on social media at the time. "Know that in death there is signs and gifts abound. He left me with the gift of unconditional love and brotherhood that will NEVER be lost with me... Ever. As we commit his body tomorrow his spirit is with us... I take comfort in knowing that GOD is the best of planners. I take comfort in knowing that divine order is certain...I take pride in having the blessing of knowing and having Malik in my life," Q-Tip wrote.
You can read Tip's whole note below and start getting excited for the final A Tribe Called Quest album coming this November.