On last week’s episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Kweli and guest Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest have a conversation about the day they first met. Kweli even shares a photo he took from that day with Kweli, Ali, and Jarobi as he tells the story of the encounter.
Kweli was 15 at the time and he and his friends were trying to get into a club called The Building, known for legendary rapo shows. Hip-hop icon KRS ONE was recording a live Boogie Down Productions show and Kweli and his boys were trying to get in. They were hanging around out front when they scored a chance meeting with ATCQ member Jarobi.
“I was there from like nine, until eleven- waiting outside,” Kweli says. “Me and my friends dressed like we were in A Tribe Called Quest. Here come you and Jarobi. Jarobi saw us trying to get in and was like [telling security] ‘Let these lil n***** in!’ So they let us in. And I got pictures of you, me, and Jarobi.”