Respect the veterans
When A Tribe Called Quest member Phife Dawg passed away, he took a piece of hip-hop with him. The 45-year-old rapper died in his Contra Costa County home due to complications with diabetes, leaving behind his three ATCQ group members.
Following his 2016 passing, the remaining members of the hip-hop collective — Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jacobi White — performed at the Grammy’s in February of this year. Closing the show, the group gave a heart-wrenching performance, truly honoring their long-time friend.
According to Q-Tip, Grammy leaders “busted y’all a– to try to get us out there to perform.”
With the 2018 Grammy nomination list circulating the music industry and the internet, Q-Tip had a strongly-worded message for the “Grammy ni–as.” In a string of Instagram videos, the New York rapper bashed the organization for failing to nominate the last Tribe album, We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.
“Yesterday, we was on y’all stage,” the artist began. “You think a ni–a wanted to fu–in’ go out there and perform after I lost my man? We closed y’all show… And we don’t get no fu–ing nominations. The last Tribe album. My man is gone.”
The Last Tribe Album
Since their start in the ’80s, ATCQ has given hip-hop seven albums. Released in the fall of 2016, We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service was the group’s first album in 18 years. Going out with a bang, the last Tribe album had features from heavy hitters like André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Kanye West, Anderson .Paak, Talib Kweli, Consequence, and more. Of course, Phife pitched in as well, though he died eight months before the album dropped.
Seven months after its release, the album went gold in America. Following The Low End Theory, We Got It from Here… was highly praised, becoming the group’s second album to make the Billboard 200.
Tired of Being Tired
Though past albums — Beats, Rhymes and Life and The Love Movement and split — were nominated for Grammys, Q-Tip could not handle We Got It from Here… not being recognized. In his Instagram lecture, he shamed the organization for not acknowledging his group’s final album while hailing ATCQ as the “most black cultured group.”
“That’s all we stood on. That’s what we represented. That fu–in’ album that we just put out… This last Tribe album… It stands with everybody else’s shit that’s up there. Ion give a f–k,” he said. “We been doing this shit for fu–in’ years. Y’all ni–as don’t fuckin’ recognize.”
Though he wasn’t trying to take away from artists who were nominated, he dared any “rap ni–as” to respond to his comments. “Respect to everybody who was nominated and all that, but whatever. I’m speaking for mine,” he said. “Don’t say s–t.”
Sing it loud
Calling it “corny,” he continued chastising the Grammys, going after past nomination choices. “Y’all didn’t even fu–in’ give Bob Marley a fu–in’ grammy. Marvin only got fu–in’ one. Jimi ain’t got none and s–t,” he said.
Hip-hop artists who were nominated for a 2018 Grammy reach from Jay-Z to Lil Uzi Vert. Jigga and Kendrick Lamar are both up for the album of the year award, this year. Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” was nominated for record of the year. Cardi B and Big Sean are nominees for the rap performance award. Migos and Tyler, the Creator were nominated for the rap album award. While, Lil Uzi is up for the new artist award.
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