A Tribe Called Quest formed in the 1980s and became one of music's most prolific hip-hop groups. During his video, Q-Tip also gave zero cares about the fact that Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar are leading the way with eight and seven nominations respectively. There is nothing abstract about the MC/producer's frustration towards the same institution that recently asked him to perform.
Alongside a Twitter message which read "F**k da Grammys", Q-Tip shared a link to his first Instagram video, in which he ranted: "Y'all think it's a caveat because a white man wasn't nominated in no major categories and s**t?" That's all we stood on, that's all we represented. "This f**king album that we just put out, this last Tribe album, it stands for everybody else's shit up there". "Respect to everyone who's nominated and all that but whatever, I'm speaking for mine". "I'm sick of ya fucking Grammy niggas, man", he shared. Q-Tip also took personal affront at how ATCQ wasn't nominated after giving them a spirited performance a year ago. "We been doing this s- for f-- years!" For that album? For that album? For that album? I'm exhausted of biting my tongue all the f**king time and being all nice and s**t. "I don't give a f**k". Yes, I'm hot! Get off my lawn; whatever.
"None of y'all rap n-ggas don't say shit".
The Tribe album marks their final album before the passing of Phife Dawg and was released in November of 2016. We closed y'all show and we don't get no f-- nominations?
He later mentions the Grammys continuous lack of acknowledgement towards legendary artists such as Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix. Marvin [Gaye] only got f*ckin' one. We gon' honor the GOAT LL and shit and give him his fucking nomination and give him his award and shit. "F*ck y'all Grammy ni**as, f*ck y'all!"
This, of course, isn't the first time an artist has called out the Grammys.