The LP features a wild mix of guests, including Kanye and Elton John.
A Tribe Called Quest have dropped their sixth – and final – album, We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service, which they began teasing back in August.
Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Jack White, Kendrick Lamar, Talib Kweli, Anderson .Paak and Elton John have all contributed to the record. The LP also features all four of the group’s original members, including the late Phife Dawg. Malik Izaak Taylor, aka Phife Dawg, died of kidney failure in March this year, but managed to get together with Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and founding member Jarobi in secret to finish the album.
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The album artwork features the group’s memorable mascot, a women coated in stripes of red and green, which returns for the first time in 20 years since she appeared brandishing a flag on 1996’s Beats, Rhymes and Life. See that artwork below below and also read Questlove’s first thoughts on the record, which he has articulated in an Instagram post.
All imma say is Yes. Yes. Yes. I didn't wanna do the privilege stuntin brag move. w/o spoiler alerting I'll just say 3 things: 1) I miss the group esthetic in hip hop especially in mc'n—like this ain't a "ok this my 16, then hook then your 16, then let's do his 16"—-nah this some Run DMC/Beastie Boys/Furious 5 collaborative tug-of-war-rhyming (just putting it out there: if #Andre3000 joined @ATCQ this would be the best most welcome move in music prolly since JG joined NE or maybe Edwards came to the Temptations) 2) the last time I was so pleasantly surprised at someone's hidden skill performance was when @djmaseo came out of nowhere kickin ass and takin names on #DeLaSoulIsDead—but man all I'm left wonderin was what if @jarobiwhite had barz on the OTHER tribe records! Which leads to my last point: 3) this is an excellent high note to end on but this is only telling me that the gas in #ATCQ'S tank is NOWHERE near empty. Like this album is it's own lane: it fulfills and itches so many scratches I've been jonzin for: tempos I love (95-100 bpms) the random scattered bomb squad production tactics of classic albums like #AmerikkkasMostWanted & #FearOfABlackPlanet (16 songs running through you like bullets at the speed of sound, a bowl of stew made by @chefludo and his zany chefs at @troismecla all in tune with each other knowing the RIGHT amount of spices to throw in)–I mean it's feels vintage in its musicality but is such a 2016 record. And it's timing could really really truly couldn't be like—better because it's topical. This is so needed right now. Come midnight tonight you will be HAPPY AS HELL. Matter of fact? (Forgot it's Thursday) tonight at #BowlTrain I'm spinning ALL TRIBE! why? I wanna hear #ThankYouForYourService on loud ass speakers! See y'all tonight after @talibkweli's @brooklynbowl concert. It's gonna be an amazing night of hip hop I'll tell you that much.
Update: The group have released a lyric video for ‘We The People’.