By Nylles Vernon | Staff Writer |
The legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest recently announced that they are releasing their sixth and final album, “We Got It From Here, Thank You For Your Service” on Nov. 11.
The group consists of four members:.
Hailing from Queens, New York, A Tribe Called Quest’s music incorporates an electric mix of jazz, afro-funk and soul.
The process for the new album was going well until the death of Phife Dawg aka “The Five Foot Assassin” happened on March 22 from complications of diabetes.
The news of his death had a huge impact throughout the hip-hop and urban community.
“I honestly couldn’t believe it, because we lost so many music legends this year. It’s unfortunate that the world won’t get to experience the full Tribe Called Quest Experience ever again.”
Among being one of the greatest hip-hop acts of all time, they also have five critically acclaimed albums that were released from 1990 to 1998.
One of which, “People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm” celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.
Q-Tip announced the news explaining the reasons why the need of a new album was important in the form of a letter.
In the letter he explained that after playing on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon last year, the group was inspired and collectively got together to record a new album.
“As we left 30 Rock I felt the need, we all did, to get back to the studio and start that cook up!! So we got to it!!” wrote Q-Tip.
He also relayed to fans that the album would be all original rhymes that Phife recorded before his passing and he had left them with the blueprint of what they had to do.
A few Tribe Called Quest fans expressed how they felt about the group coming together to create a new album.
“I’m all for it. Better than knowing that there’s unreleased Tribe songs that will never see the light,” said Inland Empire’s hip-hop producer and student Casual.
Vicky Lam, a lover of old school hip-hop and R&B said, “So happy. I wasn’t expecting it and I’m glad that they were down for a final round after all these years, especially after the loss of Phife.”
The group has not released any music with each other in quite some time, it had been speculated that they unofficially split up over personal issues.
Contractually, their former record label Jive Records stipulated that A Tribe Called Quest owed them another album, but it never was recorded.
It had been rumored that the group had been recording a secret album within the last few months, which has finally been proven to be true.
In an interview with The New York Times, Q-Tip recently confirmed that Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, Andre 3000, Consequence and Busta Rhymes will be featured on the upcoming release.
Along with the album releasing on Friday, the group also plans to perform on “Saturday Night Live” with special guest host Dave Chappelle.
Tribe has been widely adored by fans for almost three decades, and has had a impact on pop culture with countless movements, tours and merchandise.