N.O.R.E. is proud to say that A Tribe Called Quest are like his “hip-hop fathers.” Like so many people in the culture, fans or actual artists and producers, Tribe had a heavy influence on the LeFrak City, Queens MC and now top-rated podcast host.
Tribe’s Q-Tip and Jarobi White along with Busta Rhymes and Consequence recently sat down with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN for a episode of Drink Champs. When asked if their latest album We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service would indeed be the last from the collective, Tip said it would be difficult to craft another opus without Phife Dawg.
“We still kind of, like… You can’t really think about another Tribe without that man,” Tip said about the beloved Five Foot Assassin. “That shit would have to be something else totally different ’cause that man, he was the motor.”
“I miss my dude,” Jarobi added. “At the same time, I’m so f—king proud too because of the f—king way he went out. He went out spazzin’ and having fun. It’s funny because a lot of the shit we talk about [on the album] is kinda dark. But at the same time, the shit don’t sound oppressive. It could be a downer. Phife, being the nigga he was, was a big part of the reason the tone is like it is.”
You can watch the full interview between N.O.R.E, DJ EFN, Tribe, Busta, and Consequence tonight on Drink Champs on REVOLT TV at 11 p.m. ET.