Here’s something different – an early Music Monday post. It’s been eighteen years since A Tribe Called Quest released a studio album. They rectified that this past Friday with…
A Tribe Called Quest: We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
I would never claim to be the biggest Tribe fan. Before this weekend, I would say I barely paid them much attention. However, given the recent political climate I can’t help but find correlations with their music and am similarly moved. I’m not going to delve into those political ramifications here because I would prefer to focus on the music and save the political discourse for another upcoming post. Songs like We The People… and The Donald have their place in the public’s political consciousness. There are other songs, however, that engender this album to the listener without being overtly political. Or they tread the line. Solid Wall of Sound samples Elton John’s Bennie and the Jets in an homage to Phife Dawg. This might be one of my favorite songs on the double album.
This album pulls together hip-hop and jazz into a wonderful, funky blend. It’s 16 tracks that last an hour and, by the end, I believe Tribe hopes to challenge your sense of musical sensibilities as well as racial tendencies and socio-economic affiliation. By that, I simply mean you should be able to identify and empathize with the statistical American working class. There were several other albums that I previewed this week that I could’ve featured, but this one came back to me each time I thought of another album. If you were unaware, this is their final album and it dropped on Veteran’s Day. Fitting, no?
Is it worth the wait?
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