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Who would have thought that A Tribe Called Quest would come together to make another album? Well, it happened and its purpose is to celebrate the group’s past accomplishments and hopefully their future ones. It honors the memory of Phife Dawg, who gave the album its title. Additionally, the album’s main focus surrounds controversial issues such as the election. From beginning to end, the album is a powerful protest.
Some people may know the 90’s-early 2000’s group from their top song, “Can I Kick It?” However, their new album, “We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your Service,” features modern artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Andre 3000, Jack White, Elton John, Busta Rhymes, Anderson Paak and Talib Kweli. The album, released Friday, November 11, acts as an inspirational piece. A Tribe Called Quest recently performed on “Saturday Night Live,” one of their debut performances as a comeback group. The album allows one come to a realization about many problems in the world. Consequently, the album urges for people to try and solve these problems and bring awareness to the fact that the troubles in the world cannot just be talked about but action is required.
A Tribe Called Quest expresses the hatred they have towards Donald Trump throughout the album.“The Space Program” starts the album off by foreshadowing the complications to come once Donald Trump is elected.The song ends using the late Gene Wilder’s lines from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: “The danger must be growing/ For the rowers keep on rowing/ And they’re certainly not showing/ Any signs that they are slowing!” The song leaves listeners to contemplate Trump’s actions as the next President. “The danger must be growing,” means that Trump becoming President is a sign of dangerous political moves being made by him. “For the rowers keep on rowing,” means deal after deal, Trump will single-handedly bring this country to a state of fear and terror. “And they’re certainly not showing/Any signs that they are slowing!” means that ATCQ believes Trump has no intention of backing off and fulfilling his political schemes.
During the process of the album, Malik Taylor, formerly known as Phife Dawg passed away at the age of 45 on March 22nd, 2016. Phife’s contributions of his astute rhymes and lyrics helped pave the way for A Tribe Called Quest to become commercially successful, early in their career.
All in all, The album truly proves eye-opening to issues of all matters. The album is executed very well and the beats attain a 90’s style, not apparent in today’s music. Due to its message and most importantly, sound, “We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service,” receives a 4.5 out of 5 stars.