A Tribe Called Quest’s Final Video Is Now Available For All To See
Three months ago, A Tribe Called Quest released their final music video, “The Space Program.” However, the late March visual accompaniment to 2016’s We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service album was only available to some platform subscribers. Now, the incredible farewell video (dedicated to the late Phife Dawg) from the group is for all to see, and it was worth the wait.
Directed by Warren Fu, “The Space Program” video begins with Q-Tip looking in the mirror and carving another notch in his wall. After an introduction, Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White prepare themselves to embark on a journey from a dark bunker. Represented as a glowing green orb that flickers with the inflection, Phife Dawg’s vocals in the harmonious chorus can be heard as Tip joins them in the video for a symbolic gesture.
Tip levitates as he delivers his rhymes. In what may be remembered as the verse of his career, Jarobi does the same, while in a torture chamber filled with smiling and laughing masqueraders. In his sequence, Ali is seen cutting on the 1’s and 2’s, as Hip-Hop seems to remember the accomplished producer and musician best.
After the chorus, the trio (and their fourth member in spiritual essence) transport to a new landscape. As in the bunker, chess is a symbol in this place. Tip plays a speed round against a faceless suit, who struggles with The Abstract’s strategy on the 64 squares. Right as Tip opens a New York Times with “Illegal Immigrants Nabbed” as a headline, he disappears entirely.
There is a sequence where, back in the bunker, the guys are losing oxygen and fighting for survival. There are images of protest and change juxtaposed with eerie footage of masked status-quo, old guard powers, and more.
The video features cameos from so many Tribe disciples. Common, Black Thought, Erykah Badu, Rosario Dawson, Questlove, Pharrell Williams, Ladybug Mecca, Vince Staples, Consequence, Alicia Keys, Talib Kweli, Anderson .Paak, Te-Nishi Coates, Janelle Monae, as well as O.G., Doug E. Fresh.
The visual closes with a tribute to Phife Dawg (aka Malik Taylor) with “Can I Kick It?” as a final goodbye to the fans who adore this collective.
Tribe’s final LP features André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, .Paak, Talib, and others.