A Tribe Called Quest's abstract and socially conscious lyrics over silky-smooth jazz arrangements played well with the college crowd, earning the Tribe a cult following in the mid-'80s through the late-'90s. And now the influential hip-hop trio is back for its first tour in six years. The Tribe's Phife Dawg is happy to end the hiatus. "You're always looking to make new fans, of course, but it's great to see our fans who have been with us from the start coming out and supporting this tour," he says. But just because the three are back on stage doesn't mean they're going back in the studio. Or does it? "That's up in the air," Phife says. "I am not going to totally say no or yes." Translation: You'd better catch 'em while they're here.
A Tribe Called Quest performs Monday, September 25, at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $35. Doors open at 8 p.m. with opening act Rhymefest. Call 954-727-0950, or visit www.jointherevolution.net.