L-R: Talib Kweli, Common (kneeling), Mos Def, James Poyser, Erykah Badu, Questlove, D'Angelo, Q-Tip, J Dilla (kneeling), Bilal


United States


Neo soul, alternative hip hop, funk, soul

Years active

late 1990s - early 2000s

Associated acts

Black Star, The Roots, Slum Village, A Tribe Called Quest

Past members

The Soulquarians were a neo soul and alternative hip hop-informed music collective with members from Philadelphia, New York, Detroit, Richmond, Brooklyn, Chicago, Dallas and Oakland. The collective, formed during the late 1990s, continued into the early 2000s, and produced several critically acclaimed albums. Prior to its formation, members Q-Tip, Common, Talib Kweli and Mos Def were members or associates of the Native Tongues Posse.

Producer and drummer Questlove of hip hop band The Roots acted as the "musical powerhouse" behind several of the collective's projects, including The Roots' Things Fall Apart, Erykah Badu's Mama's Gun, D'Angelo's Voodoo, and Common's Like Water for Chocolate

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