Favorite Albums of 2016: #10 – ‘We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service’ by A Tribe Called Quest


When an album appears like a superhero at the perfect time & moment, something magical happens.

We needed Tribe to come us in November. The world had changed. ‘We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service’ grabbed hold of me with perfect retro hip hop, politically charged messages, and standout features. It’s as if the guys knew the outcome of that manipulated election. There are anthems already fighting & resisting. Yep… the essence of classic Tribe still burning bright. 

Q-TIP, the musical master, produced the last true OG Tribe album by curating every single detail. Pity we lost Phife Dawg back in March. He memory will live forever because of this album (and that SNL tribute). By including Kendrick Lamar & Anderson .Paak to the legends style brings mad flows on Disc 2. Andre Benjamin, Busta Rhymes, & etc do have standout moments on Disc 1.  

But pretty much love everything here. Prepare yourself for a couple hours of perfect beats & poetic lyrics. Pity I don’t live in NYC. Probably captures the city wonderfully.

Noteworthy Tracks: 

  • “Solid Wall of Sound”
  • “We The People…”
  • ‘Conrad Tokyo”
  • “Movin Backwards”
  • “The Killing Season”

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