A Tribe Called Quest Reunite at 2006 Bumbershoot Festival: Today in Hip-Hop
On this day, Sept. 4, in hip-hop history...
2006: Pioneering rap group A Tribe Called Quest had fans anxiously anticipating a reunion of any sort after their fifth studio album, The Love Movement, in 1998. Prior to the group officially reuniting at Seattle, Wash.'s 36th annual Bumbershoot Festival, Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Jarobi White and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad began performing at 2K Sports' second annual Bounce Tour, their first in six years, on Sept. 1 in Detroit, Mich.
The Tribe were cast as Bumbershoot's headliners alongside Kanye West and opened up with Phife, the five-foot assassin, performing his intro to "Buggin' Out." The classic single from the crew's critically-acclaimed, sophomore LP The Low End Theory brought fans to a roar as ATCQ continued on with tracks like "Award Tour," "Scenario," "Can I Kick It?" and "Jazz (We've Got)." They also performed "Bonita Applebum," which was led by an insanely dope beatboxing session between Phife, Jarobi and Q-Tip. To the approval of fans, Tip also rapped his lyrics to "Vivrant Thing" during their set.
ATCQ continued on the road with 2K Sports after Bumbershoot and toured 15 cities across the United States. A little over a year after Phife Dawg's untimely passing on March 22, 2016, Q-Tip announced their show at Panorama Festival would be their last as a group.
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