Material was recorded before the death of Phife Dawg

By Oliver Gettell
August 19, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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The seminal hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest will soon release their first new album in nearly two decades, according to L.A. Reid, chairman and CEO of Epic Records.

In a recent interview with the Rap Radar Podcast, the music mogul said Tribe recorded “a brand new album” prior to the death of member Phife Dawg (a.k.a. Malik Isaac Taylor) earlier this year.

“I’m really happy about it, man, it’s really something special,” Reid said. “It’s one of the things I’m most excited about over everything we’re working on.”

The album is “coming very soon,” Reid added, and the whole Tribe family will be represented: “Phife is there, the whole group. Jarobi [White], the entire group, everybody.” (Tribe’s other principal members are Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad.)

Tribe’s fifth and most recent album, The Love Movement, was released in 1998 and coincided with their disbanding. Since then, however, the group united for several performances. They were also the subject of a 2011 documentary, Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest.

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