A Tribe Called Quest Talk Grammys Snub On ‘Sway’s Universe’
ATCQ members Consequence and Ali Shaheed Muhammad stopped by Sway’s Universe to share thoughts on the group’s Grammy snub.
Q-Tip made no secret of his displeasure the Recording Academy for not nominating A Tribe Called Quest’s critically acclaimed final album, We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. Taking to Instagram and Twitter to voice his opinion, loudly, the legendary MC said, “It’s the last fuckin’ Tribe album and y’all n****s don’t give us no nominations? Y’all n****s is corny. Fuck y’all Grammy n****s. Fuck y’all. I’m tired of biting my tongue all the time and being nice and shit.”
Yesterday, Tuesday, March 14, fellow ATCQ members Consequence and Ali Shaheed Muhammad stopped by Sway’s Universe to share their thoughts on the Grammy snub during an interview about the group’s upcoming Billionaire Boys Club collaboration. “Just to be honest with y’all, I thought we was going home with the statue,” Consequence said.
Sway Calloway played a clip from Grammys Chair Emeritus Jimmy Jam who said, “Remember, Tribe was on the Grammys last year and there’s a lot of people that would be going, ‘What are you complaining about? You actually got to perform on the show.’ Which in many ways is just as relevant as getting te actual nomination.” Muhammad disagreed and explained, “To say that the group performed and that should be your consolation prize, I think is very disrespectful to the art that you put forth.”
Consequence followed up by reminding everyone that We Got It From Here contained Phife Dawg’s final work. “That was his last effort on Earth. I want you to understand the magnitude on that. What happens so many times with black people is that we come up with notions why other brothers and sisters shouldn’t be celebrated. Ain’t no notion for that shit. They fucked up.”
“You can go into any party in the world and A Tribe Called Quest song is not played still, 28 years later,” Muhammad said. “So, when you put forth an album that 18 years later will still do the same thing, it’s like: Who is at the wheel in the present moments? That’s what the present moment is about.” The group who said “I’ll never let a statue tell me how nice I am,” normally doesn’t care about awards, so Muhammad was actually surprised to hear Q-Tip ask him about winning a Grammy.
“In human consideration and respect of a legacy, should we have been given a little preferential treatment?” Consequence asked. “Absolutely. That’s what this game is.” And he’s right… if you see all the things that Tribe has accomplished in their career, to see that they haven’t been awarded at all is an insult. Add to the mix that with their final album as a collective being snubbed, you’d think that the Grammys are taking their nomination process back to ‘91 and just want to not even air the damn thing on TV. “If you look over the history of the Grammys, there are other people who have influences and their artists get pushed forward for whatever reason. It’s not always the merit of the record,” Muhammad explained.
“Our Grammy is [our] 30 year legacy.”
True talk, Tribe. The Grammy discussion starts at the seven-minute mark. Watch the video below and share your thoughts about ATCQ’s Grammy snub in the comments section below.