Combining the self-described grit of hip hop with ‘jazz-infused soundscapes, and Afro-centric rhythms,’ A Tribe Called Quest generated great East-coast popularity in their unique sound that shaped the early 1990’s. Members Q-Tip (Kamaal Ibn John Fareed), Phife Dawg (Malik Izaak Taylor), and Ali Shaheed Muhammed formed the trio in 1985 and signed with Jive Records in 1989. Soon thereafter, ATCQ released their debut album, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, producing colossal hits such as, ‘Bonita Applebum,’ ‘and ‘Can I Kick It?’ Four other successful albums ensued, along with a series of compilation releases. ATCQ decided to pursue other ventures in the early 2000’s, such as solo careers and collaborations. In late 2015, the trio reunited in a performance for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In early 2016, member Phife Dawg passed away due to diabetic complications.