–by Quincy Tejani, Music Connoisseur–
The last time A Tribe Called Quest released a critically acclaimed album was waaaaaaay back in 1993 (I was 4 months old) when they dropped their Lp Midnight Marauders. So of course it makes sense for the legendary hip-hop group to reform and put together what might end up being considered the best hip-hop album of the year not called Atrocity Exhibition. After just a few listens to this Lp I can definitely see it overtaking The Low End Theory as my favourite ATCQ album. Is it blasphemous to say that? Maybe. Does that make it any less true? Definitely not.
We Got It From Here… has the signature sound of Q-Tip’s slick, neo-soul production all over it and also features impressive showings from guest artists like Andre 3000, Busta Rhymes, Anderson Paak and Kendrick Lamar. On this Lp, ATCQ choose, like many artists over the last couple of years, to focus their lyrical content on the issues concerning “Black America” at large. The hip-hop group comes at the topic from a fresh new perspective offering advice and words of wisdom on a subject that they have no doubt faced in the past. Lyrics like “You in the killing-off-good-young-nigga mood, When we get hungry we eat the same fucking food, The ramen noodle, Your simple voodoo is so maniacal, we’re liable to pull a juju” show ATCQ’s anger at the seemingly unequal treatment of African-Americans despite the fact that we are all human. However, the vibe of the album is not all negative and often, lyrics pose solutions for dealing with this inequality and moving forward as better people.
More than anything, We Got it From Here… shows something that pretty much everyone already knew. A Tribe Called Quest is one of the most important hip-hop groups of all time and their ability to spit, produce and create influential pieces of art has not lessened in the slightest. R.I.P Phife Dawg.
Best Track: Whateva Will Be
Quincy Tejani is the co-founder of The Violet Wave and is also editor of music. When he’s not listening to or writing about music you can probably find him walking through the forests of Ontario or questioning the inner workings of the universe. He also never turns down a cold Pabst… never.
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