On November 11, the groundbreaking hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest released their new album We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.
The surprise record represents three major milestones for Tribe: it’s the group’s first record in nearly 20 years, the first since the passing of Phife Dawg this past March and the final album to be released by A Tribe Called Quest.
The remaining members of Tribe, including Q-Tip and Jarobi White, performed last weekend on Saturday Night Live just hours after releasing their sixth studio album and first since 1998’s The Love Movement. In addition to vocals by the late Phife Dawg, the new album also includes appearances from André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, Elton John, Kanye West, Anderson Paak, Talib Kweli, Consequence and Busta Rhymes.
After splitting up in the late 1990s, the group reunited on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in 2015, which would be their final TV performance with all original members.
A Tribe Called Quest have now released a music video for their lead single “We The People,” with Q-Tip spreading the group’s message of love and unity throughout New York City in what can best be described as an ode to Pump Up The Volume. Q-Tip’s message inspires a peaceful protest in the video, which arrives to viewers in the US at the perfect time. Jarobi White and Busta Rhymes also appear in the video, which includes a painting of Phife Dawg on the side of the building.
Click here to watch A Tribe Called Quest’s video for “We The People.”