The group is regarded as a pioneer of alternative hip hop music. In , the group released its jazz-influenced second album, The Low End Theory , regarded for helping shape alternative hip hop in the s. In , the group released its sixth and final album, We Got It from Here Thank You 4 Your Service , which was still incomplete when Phife Dawg died suddenly in March , and was completed by the other members after his death.
John Bush of AllMusic called them "the most intelligent, artistic rap group during the s. Albans neighborhood of Queens , New York City. In early , the group signed a demo deal with Geffen Records and produced a five-song demo, which included future single " I Left My Wallet in El Segundo ". Later that year, the group released their first 12" single , "Description of a Fool".
Their debut album, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm , released on April 10, ,  was marked by a playful lyrical approach and light-hearted content such as safe sex, vegetarianism and youthful experiences. Lyrically, the group focused on a range of social issues, from date rape "The Infamous Date Rape" to consumerism "Skypager" , while also criticizing the hip hop industry on several songs.
The Low End Theory received widespread acclaim from critics. Midnight Marauders saw improved lyrical interplay between Phife Dawg and Q-Tip,  as evidenced on the singles " Electric Relaxation " and " Oh My God "; the popularity of "Electric Relaxation" led to it becoming the opening theme song for the sitcom The Wayans Bros. The album received widespread acclaim from critics. During this period, group members contributed to several notable outside projects with production and guest verses.
Beats, Rhymes and Life , the group's fourth album, was released on July 30, , supported by the singles " 1nce Again " and " Stressed Out ". I really felt like with Midnight Marauders I came into my own.
Q-Tip and Ali had converted to Islam and I didn't. Music felt like a job; like I was just doin' it to pay bills. I never want my music to feel like just a job. They would schedule studio time at the last minute. I'd catch a plane from Atlanta to be in New York and when I got to the studio, no one would be there. They would have canceled the session without telling me.
Seemed like the management was concerned with other folks not me. But I never lost my confidence. The album debuted at 1 on the Billboard and went gold before the end of the year; it was certified platinum in A month before The Love Movement was released on September 29, , the group announced that it would be their final album.
The Love Movement was certified gold on November 1, , just over a month after its release. Under the management of Violator , Q-Tip launched a successful solo career, which saw two Billboard Hot hits, " Vivrant Thing " and " Breathe and Stop ", and the release of the gold-certified album Amplified in late Despite receiving mostly positive reviews, the album was criticized by the hip hop community for its mainstream sound.
Teaming up with two other artists from former groups, Raphael Saadiq of Tony! Following a dispute between Saadiq and Robinson, the latter left the group and was replaced by Joi ; however, this new incarnation would only last for the remainder of touring. In , Q-Tip changed directions and recorded Kamaal the Abstract , an album which saw him in the role of singer and bandleader.
Arista Records refused to release the album, doubting its commercial potential, resulting in Q-Tip leaving the label. In , the group reunited as a touring band, in part, to help Phife Dawg with his mounting medical expenses.
Man, we was only 18—19 when we first got started. Now we are 35— It'd be real different being in the studio. It would be real interesting to see where Q-Tip is. It would all be on a much higher level. But we are all into such different stuff from way back then. We'd need at least a solid month to work on something. Trying to get all of us together for that much time … I don't see that happening. The group co-headlined the Rock the Bells tour. Phife Dawg planned to release his follow-up album, Songs in the Key of Phife: Volume 1 Cheryl's Big Son , that year; however, his health issues delayed the release of the album.
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It lacked the positive and joyful vibe present in their previous albums. Their fifth studio album followed, The Love Movement. It was regarded by critics as returning to the group's positive vibe. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The New York Times. Accessed December 29, Accessed December 28, Recording Industry Association of America. Accessed October 6, Accessed December 11, Billboard charts. Retrieved Archived from the original on Accessed March 30, Retrieved 14 November Official Charts Company.Can I kick it? (Yes, you can!) [7X] Well, I'm gone (Go on then!) Can I kick it? To all the people who can Quest like A Tribe does Before this, did you really know what live was? Comprehend to the track, for it's why cuz Gettin measures on the tip of the vibers Rock and roll to the beat of the funk fuzz Wipe your feet really good on the rhythm rug.