Q-Tip (Jonathan Davis) and Phife Dawg (Malik Taylor) are childhood friends in Queens, New York. Q-Tip begins making music as a solo artist under the name MC Love Child with back up from DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad.
Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Phife Dawg and Jarobi White form a hiphop group and name it “QUEST.”
QUEST joins their high school friends Michael Small (Mike Gee), Nathaniel Hall (Africa Baby Bam) and Sammy Burwell (DJ Sammy B), better known as the Jungle Brothers, along with De La Soul to form the Native Tongues Crew.
While recording "Black is Black" in 1988, the Jungle Brothers suggest that QUEST change their name to "A Tribe Called Quest."
Q-Tip guests on De La Soul’s groundbreaking 3 Feet High and Rising LP.
ATCQ signs with Geffen Records and releases a short demo tape. The project includes many of Tribe’s later famous songs including "Bonita Applebum,” “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo” and “Can I Kick It?”
Tribe signs with Jive Records and debuts the single "Description of a Fool."
After only a year with Jive, Tribe releases their debut studio album, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, with the help of DJ Red Alert.
People’s Instinctive Travels goes gold and receives the coveted 5 Mics rating by The Source Magazine.
The group drops their critically acclaimed second album, The Low End Theory.
About a month after The Low End Theory is released, Phife Dawg and Tip decide that an increase in Phife's lyrical input would further legitimize the group and produce fresher, richer music.
The Low End Theory goes platinum and joins People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm on The Source’s Top 100 Rap Albums of All Time list.
Rolling Stone magazine ranks Low End Theory #154 of their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
ATCQ releases their third studio album, Midnight Marauders.
Midnight Marauders is named to The Source's Top 100 Rap Albums of All Time.
With the smash single “Award Tour,” Midnight Marauders goes certified platinum.
Phife Dawg collaborates with TLC on their album “Crazy Sexy Cool.” Ali Shaheed Muhammad also does separate freelancing with Shaquille O’Neal and the late Gil Scott-Heron.
Q-Tip connects with a young James Dewitt Yancey (better known as Jay Dee or J Dilla) who starts producing with Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad on the album Beats, Rhymes and Life under the name "The Ummah."
ATCQ releases Beats, Rhymes and Life, their fourth studio album.
Beats, Rhymes and Life achieves great success in the media and hits the top of the Billboard 200. The album is nominated for a Grammy for “Best Rap Album," and the single, "1nce Again," also receives a Grammy nomination for “Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group."
Critics receive the group’s fifth and final album, The Love Movement, with praise.
The Love Movement goes gold and reaches the number three spot on the Billboard 200.
Though the group’s albums received critical acclaim and much success, ATCQ decide to disband.
The Love Movement is nominated for the Grammy for “Best Rap Album.”
Phife Dawg makes his solo debut with his first and only studio album Ventilation: Da LP. The album features production from Hi-Tek, Pete Rock and J Dilla.
After pursuing various solo ventures for 6 years, A Tribe Called Quest reunites for the first time at the Rock The Bells Concert Series held in Anaheim, CA.
Ali Shaheed Muhammad releases his debut solo album, Shaheedullah and Stereotypes.
ATCQ is presented the special achievement award at the Billboard R&B Hiphop Awards in Atlanta, GA.
The group reunites to perform several larger shows around the world, including a second visit to Rock The Bells and co-headlining appearance at the Bumblershoot Festival in Seattle, WA.
ATCQ is honored at the 4th Annual VH1 Hip Hop Awards hosted by Tracy Morgan. Common, Busta Rhymes, Spliff Star, Lupe Fiasco and Pharrell give tribute performances of “Bonita Applebum/Electric Relaxation/Scenario” before Tribe themselves close the show with “Check The Rhime/Award Tour.”
Q-Tips album, The Renaissance, is released on Jive records to critical acclaim.
The Michael Rapaport documentary on the group titled “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest” premieres at the Sundance Film Festival.
Ali Shaheed Muhammad joins with Frannie Kelly to co-host Microphone Check, a NPR blog and podcast that focuses on giving a voice to hiphop through in-depth interviews.
Phife Dawg releases "Dear Dilla" (prod. DJ Rasta Root) to honor J Dilla 8 years after he passed away due to complications from a rare blood disorder.
ATCQ announces planned reissues of their original LPs along with remixes. Beginning with their debut album, the 25th anniversary edition of People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm includes three added cuts and remixes by Pharrell, J. Cole, and CeeLo.
ATCQ performs “Can I Kick It?” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon the same day the People’s Instinctive Travels re-release is available.
Q-Tip debuts his Beats 1 Radio show, Abstract Radio, on Apple Music.
Phife Dawg passes away on March 22 due to complications from diabetes.
A Tribe Called Quest, Pharrell, Andre 3000, Kanye West, Dave Chappelle and others come together for the “Celebration of Phife” memorial event at Harlem’s Apollo Theater.
The “Celebration of Phife” memorial also marks the debut of “Nutshell” with an accompanying video directed by Tony Reames. The J. Dilla-produced track is a single from Phife’s anticipated second studio album, Give Thanks, in progress prior to his passing. Half of the sales proceeds will be donated to the American Diabetes Association and the National Kidney Foundation.