A Review By Keefer
If you were apart of the population that was knocked sideways by the recent presidential election, A Tribe Called Quest’s first album in 18 years couldn’t have come any sooner. Without falling into the trap of a cheap nostolgia trip, the record is a celelebration of everything you dig about Tribe, musically joyful, inectious rhymes delivered at an easy flow over rightous beats. And a message that remains socially conscious: Racism, a media asleep at the wheel, gentrification, and legalization of weed are addressed.
It’s an anxious record considering it was recorded with the recent election as a backdrop, but one of mourning with the death of member Phife Dawg. His death looms large on this record with members paying honor on multiple songs.
The album is flush with guest turns. Jack White, Elton John (sampled and singing), Anderson Paak, Kendrick Lamar, and Andre 3000 all appear. They never overshadow yet contribute to the whole of the album.
We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service, an essential record for 2016 and beyond.