A Tribe Called Quest: WE GOT IT FROM HERE… THANK YOU 4 YOUR SERVICE.

Another album on repeat at the moment is A TRIBE CALLED QUEST‘s newest offering, WE GOT IT FROM HERE… THANK YOU 4 YOUR SERVICE. The American hip-hop group was formed in 1985; I was introduced to them very late, a few years back through a work colleague. As a result, I felt a jolt of cynicism as to whether the standard and style for which A TRIBE became notorious for would be maintained on an entirely new album.

As it happens, WE GOT IT FROM HERE… is a testament to the groups’ ability to reinvigorate, rather than simply revive, their old discography. The entire album blends seamlessly, each member contributing – seemingly effortlessly – to the overall brilliance of each track. Significantly, the guest appearances – including those of Kanye West, Anderson Paak, Kendrick Lamar and Elton John – are contributions that support, rather than interfere with, the overall sound formulated by Fareed, White and Taylor.

I would absolutely recommend a few hours set aside to appreciate the entirety of the album; it’s not just background noise. A TRIBE CALLED QUEST have definitely brought the bacon with their latest offering.

Album Highlight: WE THE PEOPLE…

 

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