Jive Records Once Prevented A Tribe Called Quest And Too Short From Working Together

Too Short was one of many rappers whose face was included on the cover art for A Tribe Called Quest’s seminal Midnight Marauders album.
Jive Records once prevented A Tribe Called Quest and Too Short from collaborating.

In an interview with HipHopDX, rap duo Stylz & Wells spoke on their recent collaboration with Too Short titled “Vibes.” While working on the song together, Short had explained that it reminded him of A Tribe Called Quest.

“He surprisingly said the track reminded him of a legendary group that he always wanted to work with, but the label (Jive) always opposed the idea and prevented them from collaborating together,” Wells said. “I asked him what group he was talking about and he told me A Tribe Called Quest. It’s an honor to get this rare perspective from the rap legend on record.”

Both the New York rap group and the Oakland rapper were on Jive Records at one point. The pair never worked together but they had a mutual respect for one another. A Tribe Called Quest included Short as one of the many faces that appeared on the Midnight Marauders album art, while Short spoke on the group in the documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.

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