18 years after their last full-length album as a group, A Tribe Called Quest returned to the game for one last hurrah. 1998’s ‘The Love Movement’ was meant to be the group’s last album after they decided to split following personal differences. And indeed, after the death of Phife Dawg back in March, it seemed that we had heard the last from one of hip hop’s foundational rap crews. But all over sudden there were rumors of a new ATCQ project, rumors which were confirmed by Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid in an August interview. It is a project that had been in the works for some time on the hush as it features contributions from the departed Phife. The Tribe were in the process of wrapping up their parting missive, christened ‘We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service‘ when diabetes complications claimed the Five-Foot Assassin. So the album took on added significance as a tribute to Q-Tip’s long-term partner in rhyme when it came out on November 11.
So, a generation, and a zillion new acts, after their last album, how would the world of music react to the new A Tribe Called Quest album? Apparently folks couldn’t wait to hear the Queens rap crew’s final word. We Got it From Here shot to the top of the Billboard 200 in the first week of its release, selling the equivalent of 135,000 units. There were several reasons to grab this the sixth and last offering of ATCQ’s brief discography. Hardcore Tribe and hip hop fans looking to complete their collection will have been eager to cop the new LP. But any lover of music with a message or anyone fiending for a change in how society treats minorities will have bought We Got It From Here for its own sake. Like Common’s new album ‘Black America Again’, the new Tribe release bears a strong political statement. One heard loud and clear in cuts like ‘We the People…’.
We Got It From Here might lose its perch to the likes of Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’, there’s no doubt A Tribe Called Quest have made a resounding statement.
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