The new album by A Tribe Called Quest is an apparent classic, if social media and industry influencers are a barometer. We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service, their last studio offering, is the final time that we get to hear the late Phife Dawg and also get bars from Jarobi. The crew brought in others to help their cause, including Kanye West, André 3000, Jack White, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson.Pak and even old friends like Consequence.
Don’t let the guest appearances fool you. This is a Tribe album, unequivocally. Questlove of The Roots explained the appeal on social media. “I miss the group esthetic in hip hop especially in mc'n---like this ain't a "ok this my 16, then hook then your 16, then let's do his 16"----nah this some Run DMC/Beastie Boys/Furious 5 collaborative tug-of-war-rhyming.” Need to know for yourself? Give it a listen in the stream below.
Our review is forthcoming, but in the meantime, share your thoughts in the comments.