A Tribe Called Quest
We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service


4.0
excellent

Review

by SpeakSound USER (16 Reviews)
November 24th, 2016 | 280 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Returning to the studio after 18 years, Tribe are fresh as ever and on top of their game for their final album, “We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service.”

This past Saturday on SNL A Tribe Called Quest was the musical guest and performed “We the People…” which turned into a historic moment when the lights went dim, Phife’s verse came up, and a banner fell from the ceiling displaying Phife Dawg. For the rest of the song Q-Tip and White dance around the banner, occasionally holding up the mike for Phife when his line comes in. Months after his death, Tribe releases their sixth and final album which features all four original members, long-time collaborators Busta Rhymes and Consequence, along with contributions from several great artists (Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Kayne West, Jack White, Anderson Paak., Andre 3000). After one listen of this hour long, double disc, hip-hop adventure, the realization that 90’s rapper’s releasing relevant music in 2010’s is not improbable, it’s now happened twice this year alone. (The other being De La Soul, if you I lost you.)

If I had to summarize the album using just one sentence: Smooth like butter, baby. Recognized as the pioneers of alternative hip-hop, arguably the most intelligent rap group of the 90’s, and possibly the most consistent rap group of all time, Tribe rarely disappoints (Besides their one misstep, “The Love Movement”). Tribe signature sound has always blended slick flows spread across simple, hard hitting, snare cracking, feet stomping, snazzy jazz beats; and the new record is no exception. Most of the new album’s tracks are new classics like “We The People…” or “Mobius,” bringing their old sound to modern production. The results are unquestionably successful, as the beats and rhythms from “We got it from Here…” are easily some of the tastiest we’ve heard all year. And don’t even question Q-Tip’s flow the entire album, it’s truly something of it’s own; not comparable with any of the rap act’s currently trending. Standout moments are frequent throughout, with glowing contributions that never outshine Tribe at any moment, such as Andre 3000 on “Kids…” whose verse kick off one of the album’s finest moments, making an already good song incredible.

Admittedly, there are a few points where interest wears thin, but after 18 years with no expectations of a sixth album from Tribe, this is far better than most could imagine. If you hold it up to the standards of The Low End or Midnight, it gets surprising close to reaching that level, but not quite and never for long enough. When all is said and done, A Tribe Called Quest will go down in history as one of the best and most influential rap groups of all time, and what a hell of a way to go out!



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50iL
November 24th 2016


4363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Enjoyable review, even if a bit too short.

Still pos deserving.

trackbytrackreviews
November 24th 2016


3339 Comments


You should write that first paragraph in past tense, and remove the last parenthesis

JigglyPDiddy
November 24th 2016


3226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this thing. Pos'd.

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Gwyn.
November 24th 2016


17075 Comments


"if you I lost you"


dreamgazing
November 24th 2016


1293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

admittedly my first tribe album but fuck this shit is good

Ryus
November 24th 2016


15601 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

damn dude check midnight marauders asap

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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
November 24th 2016


2599 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Good review man, may check this out again shortly. But was bored as hell my first listen

bloc
November 24th 2016


44465 Comments


Surprisingly a really good album

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LordePots
November 24th 2016


38265 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lol @ de la soul releasing relevant music this year

That album is fucking garbage

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Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
November 24th 2016


39435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Ooooh child things are gon get easier



Long as they get my name right on Wikipedia

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SpeakSound
November 24th 2016


81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks everyone for the positive feedback, I really appreciate it! Really dig this album and I think it has a spot on my end of the year list, guaranteed. As far as De La Soul goes, I know it dosent really stack up to the level of this release, but I still think it wasn't bad considering how long they've been around. If this is your first Tribe album, I would recommend going back to Low End Theory, it's the most acclaimed album and my personal favorite.

LordePots
November 24th 2016


38265 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dunno a lot of golden Era hip hop crews have released new stuff lately and slum village is pretty much the only one that's been good. Havent heard this yet tho

Relinquished
November 24th 2016


36617 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

give it a chance (for what it is)

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
November 24th 2016


39435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Low End Theory is their best agreed but this is also so good

RadicalEd
November 25th 2016


8582 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is okay, but the production is so whack at times. Q-Tips bars are mostly good tho.

wristcry
November 25th 2016


180 Comments


just learnt how painful this album is to turn up to.

Davil667
November 25th 2016


2794 Comments


Damn, those high ratings make me hot guys. Really seems to be a thing, need to check. Craving for some new old school beats.

50iL
November 25th 2016


4363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It was actually quite the pleasant surprise for me

Gyromania
November 25th 2016


23502 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol at the 1.5

Ryus
November 25th 2016


15601 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

classic sach



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