A Tribe Called Quest Drove Each Other To Greatness On Their Final Album (Video)
In less than 12 hours, A Tribe Called Quest will release We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service. The group’s first album in 18 years (and first with all four founding members in more than 25 years) carries a great deal of anticipation.
Last night (November 9) at New York City’s PS1, Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Questlove, and Prince Paul were among those on hand to promote the Epic/Sony Records release—and the definitive final album from some of Hip-Hop’s most celebrated artists. Rolling Stone was among those on hand, and captured some of the statements made by Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes surrounding the album’s creation and place in history.
Tip acknowledged that his partners in rhyme challenged him. “There was one point where we were in the studio, and my manager was there, and she walked in and heard Phife [Dawg] and Jarobi bouncing on a joint, and she pulled me [aside], and she was like, ‘I don’t know what you doing, but these niggas is out for your head,'” the MC/producer said. “‘You better get in your shit.” Jarobi, who has appeared with and toured with A.T.C.Q. in the 2000s, previously exited the group between the making of their 1990 debut People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm and 1991’s The Low End Theory. Although Jarobi (now a professional chef) maintained his rapping alongside Black Sheep’s Dres in EvitaN, We Got It From Here… may define his personal legacy as an MC within a legendary outfit. Phife, who critics and producers believe stepped into form on T.L.E.T., would become a pivotal voice and driving force within the group’s run. The MC who died this March, also embarked on a successful solo career.
As far as A.T.C.Q. feeling the pressure of tampering with a legacy once perceived as cemented, that was not the case. “[Phife Dawg and I] spoke about it at length about the importance of maintaining the essence [of A Tribe Called Quest] but not getting trapped in that and trying to see it beyond,” said Q-Tip, as quoted by Rolling Stone. The Abstract is said to have “quarterbacked” this album, and recorded 100% of it in his him home studio in New Jersey. “We would just listen to shit we liked—‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen, and then we would listen to ‘Money Trees’ by Kendrick [Lamar], then we’d go to Rakim. It was a sonic exercise to hear all those different records and see the common thread.” Kendrick Lamar joins Andre 3000, Elton John, Busta Rhymes, Anderson .Paak, Talib Kweli, and others as confirmed album guests.
This morning (November 10), Q-Tip gave CBS This Morning a brief tour of his studio, and confirmed the track titles of the album. He shows that in addition to confirmed guests, Large Professor (who worked on past Tribe albums), Alicia Keys, and Kanye West were in the studio at times since the LP began recording.
The tracklisting is as follows, split into two sides as a throwback to vinyl and cassettes:
1. The Space Program
2. We The People…
3. Whateva Will Be ft Consequence
4. Solid Wall Of Sound ft Busta Rhymes & Elton John
5. Dis Generation ft Busta Rhymes
6. Kids… ft André 3000
7. Melatonin ft Jack White
1. Mobius ft Consequence & Busta Rhymes
2. Black Spasmodic ft Consequence
3. The Killing Season ft Talib Kweli & Consequence
4. Lost Somebody
5. Movin’ Backwards ft Anderson .Paak
6. Conrad Tokyo ft Kendrick Lamar
7. Ego ft Jack White
8. The Donald ft Busta Rhymes
The guests have not been attached to their respective songs.
#BonusBeat: Close affiliate Questlove’s (who has played with numerals on The Roots’ songs since inception) statement surrounding We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service :
The question now becomes if Heads will hear any of the album early, or if this will be a work that oversteps the notion of early singles. What do you think?