A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic Records, 2016)
Earlier this year, the world lost Phife Dawg, founder and member of the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest. A few months before his passing, the group reunited for their first TV performance in almost two decades. That performance led them to record their first album since 1998. The result is an incredible final album for the group. It doesn’t feel forced, and it’s not an overtly sad album. The album feels much like when you see an old friend for the first time in years, and they leave you wondering why you don’t see each other more often. The lyrics and content are as sharp as ever. Sonically, tracks like “Whateva Will Be” showcase Tribe’s timeless signature sound, while songs like “Kids…” demonstrate more experimental production styles for the group. These elements, along with some fantastic guest appearances, make this album a welcome addition to one of the greatest discographies in hip-hop.
Trial Track: “Whateva Will Be” featuring Consequence