To those who aren’t familiar with Tribe Called Quest, there are an American hip-hop group formed in 1985. Members included Q-tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White. The Hip-hop group released classics including Can I Kick It, Award Tour and Electric Relaxation. Although some of the melodies and style originated from Jazz music back in America, they essentially created their own genre which gained world-wide popularity. As they would say in America, upcoming artists even now still “Pay Homage” to members of Tribe Called Quest as Innovators in the Hip-Hop Industry.
But guess what, Tribe Called Quest released a new album – We got it from here, Thank you for our service; their 6th and final album. What a way to finish. Phife Dawg, one of the founding members of Tribe Called Quest died from diabetes earlier on this year, which made it even more important to release their final album. The final track “The Donald”, was in fact dedicated to Phife Dawg; many people initially thought it was a tribute to Donal Trump’s victory as the president of USA. You must be mad.
The album consists of classic ‘repeat worthy’ tracks – Melatonin, Kids, We the People, Space Program. The album refuses to conform to the new generation of hip-hop sound. In 2016, it sounds fresh and new compared to some of the ‘Junk’ out there. Perhaps even some of youth will be encouraged to listen to Tribe Called Quest’s previous albums, or even better, other Hip-hop groups from the 80s and 90s such as De La Soul and Run DMC. Let them know, not every day, Young Thug, sometimes real conscious lyrics. Don’t’ get me wrong, the album doesn’t compare to some of their albums in the past, but it was still very enjoyable to listen to.
Check it out guys, you know I don’t recommend albums unless it’s lit.