Jarobi White is an American hip hop artist, DJ, chef, and a founding member of alternative hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, alongside members Q-Tip, Phife Dawh, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. He left the group after the release of their debut album, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm in order to pursue culinary arts, before returning for their last album, 2016’s We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. At the pinnacle of the group’s success, White made the decision to leave Tribe to pursue his true passion in culinary arts. His talent has taken him to Washington D.C., South Carolina and Atlanta where he has made a name for himself as an executive chef and restaurant manager.
In 2012, Hip Hop’s prodigal son returned to New York to team with fellow Native Tongue’s member Dres to form Evitan. The duo released their first album, “Speed of Life” while Jarobi simultaneously took on a chef position in a restaurant in the West Village, helping catapult it to a Michelin rating.
His appearance in The Tribe Called Quest documentary, “Beats, Rhymes and Life” rekindled the love affair fans have for the mysterious fourth member of their favorite group.
Jarobi serves up a flavor filled set of upbeat sounds and grooves from his youth in the 1970’s and up through the 80’s, 90’s to the present. He describes himself as “a tour guide” on Tribe’s first album, “providing the vibe backbone” with smooth like butter intros and outros … exactly what his DJ set feels like, as he guides you through decades of Black Culture with Hip-hop party anthems old and new, along with R&B, Worldbeat, Soul, Pop and Trap. In his sets Jarobi’s library, organized by beats per minute, covers everything from Frank Ocean to Ghostface Killah to Michael Jackson.