In the past three weekends, rap legends a Tribe Called Quest have played three festival shows: Pitchfork in Chicago, FYF Fest in Los Angeles, and Panorama in New York. Those were also their first full sets since 2013, and they served as joyous tributes to Tribe member Phife Dawg, who died last year. Lately, fans have been wondering if Tribe can possibly keep going without Phife, considering that We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, the album they released last year, turned out to be as brilliant as it was. But if you didn’t get to any of those three sets, you might not get another chance. It looks like the group is, once again, finished.
Last night, the group played their New York hometown as part of the Panorama festival, and as the New York Daily News reports, they announced during their set that it would be their last New York show “ever.” Here’s fan-made video of one of the group’s Phife tributes from last night:
— Keith Nelson Jr (@JusAire) July 31, 2017
Tribe still have festival sets coming up in Colorado, San Francisco, Ireland, and the UK. And there’s always a chance that the surviving members will decide to reassemble sometime down the line. But this feels like a real goodbye.