A Tribe Called Quest – Q-Tip, Phife Dawg (som gick bort i mars), Ali Shaheed Muhammad och Jarobi White – 90-talets legendariska hiphopgrupp från Queens, New York, släpper idag “We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service" – gruppens första studioalbum på 18 år och även deras sista.
”We Got It From Here...” är gruppens första musiksläpp sedan 1998-års ”The Love Movement” och gästas av Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Jack White, André 3000, Busta Rhymes, Consequence, Anderson Paak och Talib Kweli. Konstnären och fotografen Richard Prince har skapat albumomslaget.
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“The extraordinary times in which we now find ourselves desperately call out for a new message from A Tribe Called Quest, and ”We Got It From Here” is that message,” säger LA Reid, Chairman & CEO, Epic Records. “For nearly two decades, it has been my deepest personal wish to add one more chapter to their incredible legacy. I am deeply honored that Tribe entrusted us with this historic and final album.”
A Tribe Called Quest spelade in tre platinasäljande mästerverk The Low End Theory (1991, “Check the Rhime”); Midnight Marauders (1993, "Award Tour", "Electric Relaxation" och "Oh My God" featuring Busta Rhymes); samt Beats, Rhymes and Life (1996, "Stressed Out" featuring Faith Evans); innan 1998-års album The Love Movement (“Find A Way”). Idag den 11 november släpps gruppens sista album “We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service”.
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST:
Queens, New York natives Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of Brooklyn, formed A Tribe Called Quest in 1985. The group is one of hip-hop’s most legendary, beloved and revered groups of all time. Easily recognized for their unique approach to rap music by employing jazz infused soundscapes to Afro centric rhymes, ATCQ was largely responsible for the popularity of a new genre that dominated the East Coast sound of the early 1990s. Sonically, ATCQ was a decisive and welcomed tangent of jazz, bass-heavy rhythmic vibes and eclectic sampling when compared to the mundane recycling of soul loops, breaks and vocals of their contemporaries. Lyrically, emcees Q-Tip and Phife Dawg addressed social issues relevant to young blacks such as use of the n word and its relevance, date rape and other interpersonal relationships, industry politics and consumerism with infectious energy and fun and having a good time while still promoting positivity. ATCQ composed a number of successful singles and albums with their creative approach to rap music. In 1990, the group released Peoples Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. Their sophomore effort, The Low End Theory, considered one of the greatest albums in hip-hop history that would solidify them as legends. In recent years, the anticipation for another ATCQ album has been building. Today, the power of the Abstract Poetic, Five Foot Assassin, and Mr. Muhammad is still evident in their dynamic stage shows and in the reception of their adoring fans.