It’s hard to fathom any artist taking a 18-year break from his or her craft and being able to come back better than ever, while still being able to relate to current events and breaking down barriers between old and new.
Leave it up to A Tribe Called Quest to do just that with their new album “We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.” The album is not just a win for ATCQ fans and hip-hip fans alike, but also a win for society who deeply needed answers in light of the recent D.Trump win and the fallout that has been unfolding in the U.S. since Election Day.
There’s no better conscious rap group that could tackle the political and race issues head on. As most people know, Tribe talking about these issues is nothing new. Their other albums, “People’s Instinctive Travels” and the “Paths of Rhythm,” “Midnight Marauders,” “The Low End Theory” and “Beats, Rhymes and Life” will forever hold lyrics radiating truth that can help paint a better picture of society and, in turn, offer solace to those who need it most.
Their new album is a masterpiece that has shot right up the charts after only a few weeks. The album’s complexity and layers range from Elton John sample on “Solid Wall of Sound” to Andre 3000’s feature on “Kids…” which is reminiscent of his flow from the early Outkast days. Kendrick Lamar lends some verses on “Conrad Tokyo” and Jack White, Kanye West, Anderson Paak and Talib Kweli also jumped on the album as well. Regular collaborators like Consequence and Busta Rhymes had a big role on the album.
With the recent passing of Phife Dawg, the tribe has really come together in his absence and made sure they respected his legacy as well. He is still on many of the album’s tracks that were recorded before he passed away in March. Since this album is so much about unity, what better way to celebrate the coming together of Tribe after so many years than to imagine a thanksgiving dinner with them all!
The family member who always wants to bring up big debates at the dinner table. When Q is around he’s going to make sure his opinion is heard. His big personality is why you love to hate him, and hate to love him.
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He doesn’t mind sitting at the kid’s table because at heart, that’s who he still is — a kid with his imagination and creativity. He’s all about having fun too so you can always expect shots of whisky under the table.
The low-key cousin who makes the most moves and has the best stories. Don’t expect Facebook updates every 5 mins. You don’t see Phife all year but yet when he shows up for Thanksgiving, he’s traveled through all 50 states, met the president and is planning to leave for Thailand in a week.
The one who always brings fun gifts to the family gatherings. Whether it’s just Thanksgiving or a birthday, Jarobi is the one all the kids go to for $5 here and there or even some magic tricks.