A Tribe Called Quest are among the most influential Hip Hop groups of all time, and as their career-defining third LP turns 30 years old, they’ve released a new line of products to commemorate its legacy.
Midnight Marauders was released on November 9, 1993. Three decades later, its impact persists and continues to inspire younger generations within the culture and beyond. To celebrate the album’s enduring presence, beatmaker and wordsmith Q-Tip has announced a new merchandise line that is now available on the ATCQ website.
The new collection comprises jackets, sweatshirts, t-shirts, caps and tapestries, among other items.
Chuck D of Public Enemy, Pharoah Monch of Organized Konfusion, Statik Selektah, Kid Capri and DJ Khalil were some of the Hip Hop OGs who hopped in the comment section of the Abstract’s Instagram post to show some love, which you can check out below.
A Tribe Called Quest’s significance is disputed by few, which is why the four-piece not receiving their due credit rubs a lot of people the wrong way. To this point, Consequence wasn’t happy when they were snubbed by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year.
The 2023 inductees were announced in early May, with the iconic rap entity not making the cut for a second year running. Cons, a longtime Tribe affiliate, shared his unfiltered feelings about the omission during an interview with TMZ.
“What we not gon’ do is keep subjugating that name, A Tribe Called Quest, to a white popularity contest, and having them in there as the token n-ggas pick,” he said. “We gon’ stop that.”
“Now, we love Missy — shout out to Missy. We love everybody who got nominated for music,” he said. “But on a political side, what I ain’t really feeling is that now we gotta explain 0 for 2. The merit of the music, you can’t put a record on that. You can’t put a 0 for 2 on A Tribe Called Quest and what they did for Black music.
“You can’t do that. I can’t allow you to do that. And as a businessman, I can’t even allow y’all to take A Tribe Called Quest as a name and the amount of publishing that I’ve got, and fluctuate the value of that. I can’t allow y’all to do that without speaking on that.”