Can I Kick It?

After eighteen years, A Tribe Called Quest set aside their differences and presented us with their sixth studio album. “We Got it From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service” comes out swinging with the social commentary of the modern day while maintaining the feel of 90’s hip-hop of the group’s hay day.

Aside from frequent contributors like Busta Rhymes and Consequence, this latest albums features Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, Jack White, Anderson Paak, and even Elton John! This album came as a bit of a surprise since the group long said that 1998’s “The Love Movement” was their final album. However, after all that’s been going on in the world, the group felt collective change.

The title “We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service” was chosen by the group’s late member Phife Dawg, and even though the other members aren’t clear on it’s meaning, they decided to keep it in his honor. They even honored him during their Saturday Night Live performance with a drop-down poster featuring his face.

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A Tribe Called Quest performing “We The People” on Saturday Night Live

Every track on this two part album is fantastic. No, really, it is! From the lyrics calling for an end to hate and encouraging coming together, to the cool and smooth beats throughout, this album is easily one of the best of the year.

I’ve pretty much had it on regular rotation since it came out on the eleventh of this month. I’ll even go as far as to say it’s my favorite hip-hop album of the year. It’s that good. Whether or not this turns out to be their actual final album remains to be seen, but it’s a great one for sure.

“We’ve Got it From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service” is available to stream on Apple Music and Spotify, but I would definitely encourage you to support the group by purchasing it as well.