New A Tribe Called Quest Album is On the Way, Says L.A. Reid

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To celebrate their podcast's 1 year anniversary, Rap Radar released 2 special "No Guests!" episodes, both of which feautre surprise callers, mainly consisting of people who have previously appeared on the show. Among these esteemed guests was CEO of Epic Records, L.A. Reid, who had some exciting news to share with hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian "B.Dot" Miller. When discussing upcoming plans for the label, Reid casually dropped some of the biggest album news we'd heard all year: "We have a Tribe Called Quest album coming, I'm really excited about that." When asked if the album would feature unreleased Tribe recordings, Reid stated. "[It is] a brand new album that they recorded before Phife [Dawg] passed away. I'm really happy about it man, it's really something special. It's one of the things I'm most excited about over everything we're working on."

L.A. Reid (far right) sitting with Rap Radar hosts B.Dot (middle) and Elliott Wilson (far right)

Earlier this year, A Tribe Called Quest's Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor tragically passed away due to diabetes-related complications. At a memorial held for the rapper in Harlem, New York, fellow Epic Records signee Andre 3000 claimed that discussions had been made between he and Q-Tip about a potential Tribe/OutKast LP, but those plans ultimately never came together.

No specifics on a release date for the project just yet, for what will be the first A Tribe Called Quest album in nearly 20 years. Hear the full interview with L.A. Reid here (L.A. starts at 5:40, reveals the album news at 14:49).