On Friday November 11th, the legendary hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest released their first studio album in 18 years, We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service. The groundbreaking album features all four memebers of Quest, most notably the late Phife Dawg. Earlier this year news of Phife Dawg’s passing due to diabetes complications shocked hip hop fans around the world. In a recent NYTIMES ARTICLE Quests’ Q-Tip recalled the last time he spoke to Phife.
Phife was fired up about a potential track for the album. “Yo, make sure you send me that beat. I’ve got to put some verses to it. That beat is fire!” “I had no idea that his days was numbered,” Q-Tip said. Retelling this story in the same room where he had had so many conversations with Phife, he became too emotional to speak. He buried his face in his hands and sobbed. Finally he said, “I just want to celebrate him, you know?”
FOR THE KIDS LEFT BEHIND
A Tribe Called Quest is regarded as a pioneer of alternative hip-hop music, having helped to pave the way for many innovative artists. Comprised of Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White, they were the pioneers speaking on such topics as spirituality, race, sex, social justice and social status
After the albums release, A Tribe Called Quest honored Phife during a Saturday Night Live performance.
A Tribe Called Quest x We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service is available on iTunes Here.
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