Everything You Need to Know About A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘We Got It From Here… Thank You for Your Service’ Album
Knowledgeable rap fans can agree that A Tribe Called Quest is one of the most instrumental and innovative hip-hop groups in the history of music. As pillars of the golden age, the Queens-bred crew weren't afraid to pull inspiration from funk, jazz and afro beat. Their legacy in music was hard-earned thanks to classic 1990s albums like People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders.
When original member Phife Dawg passed away earlier this March due to complications from diabetes, the hip-hop community past and present mourned the loss, but it seemed to set a fire under the remaining members of the crew
Two weeks ago, Q-Tip shared the name and release date of the final Tribe album (their first album since 1998) on Instagram. A week later, the crew unveiled the tracklist for the project, jam-packed with some of the most coveted names in the business. Andre 3000, Busta Rhymes, Jack White and Elton John just to name a few -- yes, the Elton John. We Got It From Here... Thank You for Your Service will finally be available for mass consumption on Friday (Nov. 11).
The closing chapter of ATCQ had another climax last night (Nov. 9) as Epic Records and the Tribe took over MoMa PS1 in Long Island City, Queens for the official first listening of the LP. ATCQ's signature striped woman emblem was projected throughout the four corners of PS1's igloo-like dome. While rap OGs and industry insiders sipped champagne and themed drinks like "Electric Relaxation," DJ Prince Paul played MC for the evening, warming up his patrons with 1990s classics before running through the 16 tracks on the album. Q-Tip, Jarobi White, Consequence and Busta Rhymes entered the building around 8:30 p.m. and showed love to every face they knew.
By 9 p.m., the album listening was finished and Tip, White, Cons and Busta settled onto the small stage by the DJ booth for a quick panel discussion about the music. With just a few days left before the album drops and they appear as first-time musical guests for Saturday Night Live, the legends seemed jovial and triumphant. Here's what we learned about We Got It From Here... Thank You for Your Service.