After 27 years in the game, A Tribe Called Quest bowed out at the UK’s Bestival on Saturday night. During their headlining set at the Castle Stage, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi and Consequence ran through cuts off Tribe’s latest album, We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, as well as fan favorites throughout their decorated catalog.
But following the tragic loss of Phife Dawg last year — Tribe even cancelled their appearance at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival due to grief — the group have decided to call it a day. “A Tribe Called Quest, we suffered a blow. We lost our boy Phife Dawg,” Q-Tip told the Bestival crowd midway through the 90-minute set. “This is gonna be our last show as A Tribe Called Quest, ever.”
This may be it for A Tribe Called Quest, but don’t say goodbye to Q-Tip and co. just yet: in an interview with BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac last year, he said, said, “Stay tuned for any other incarnation. We don’t intend on stopping because that was Phife’s M.O. was, like, ‘This time we gotta do it and keep going,’ and now he’s left us with the equation of how do we do it, but we are going to need it, and we’re going to continue.”