With a career that spans across four decades and a legacy that has seen fans of the hip-hop genre call them one of the greatest bands of all time, it’s rather surprising that A Tribe Called Quest have never been honoured with a Grammy Award. Now, following the recent awards ceremony, the group say the Grammys “fucked up” by not giving them recognition.
Having first formed in 1985, A Tribe Called Quest released five albums before splitting in 1998. Following some reunions over the years, the group released their final album, We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, in 2016, before announcing their breakup in 2017.
Throughout their entire career, the group have received four Grammy Nominations, including two for Best Rap Album (for 1996’s Beats, Rhymes And Life, and 1998’s The Love Movement), one for Best Rap Performance in 1996, and one in 2011 for the Best Long Form Music Video for their documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest.
However, in a recent interview with Sway Calloway for Sway in the Morning, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and longtime collaborator Consequence revealed they’re rather disappointed with the Grammys’ decision to ignore them.