Tribe's 25th Anniversary Jam Photos

Busta, Redman, D-Nice + More Jam Out At A Tribe Called Quest's Santos Anniversary Party

Photos by Mel D. Cole for Village Slum

Still have a lot of funk, R&B and soul samples stewing around in your veins from the weekend? Don’t worry, these photos should help to elevate your blood pressure (in a good way).

Last week, going into the weekend, A Tribe Called Quest re-issued their 1990 debut album to the masses. As people around the globe celebrated #ATCQ25, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm was the talk of the New York City rap landscape. From The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to receiving rave reviews from the likes of Pitchfork — ATCQ proved that hip-hop fans everywhere were still down to kick it in the only way this group knew how—in style.

These kings from Queens, after proving they still had the juice to power late night, held their second celebration for their anniversary at New York’s famed Santos Party House in Manhattan. With a billed DJ set from Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, other legends such as Evil Dee and D-Nice also showcased their skills on the wheels of steel. Phife and Jarobi were in the mix, too, chatting it up with the likes of Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg and Duck Down’s own Tek of Smif-n-Wessun.

The crowd seemed to be eagerly anticipating a deeper set performed by A Tribe Called Quest, but no such luck, as the guys merely just shared the space with one another. Taking turns rocking the mic, Santos was packed to the brim with rap veterans and industry insiders. I mean, a party is a party, but you know it is a rocking occasion once Redman steps into the vibe. But don’t take our word for it — just scroll through the photos taken by the one, the only Mel D. Cole and get a feel for the vibe yourself!

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