Review: We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service by A Tribe Called Quest

We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service by A Tribe Called QuestThis is an improbably record. A Tribe Called Quest went their separate ways somewhat acrimoniously, and when they did reunite, they were unsure about returning to the studio. And when they did, Phife Dawg dies midway through the recording process. But, somehow, they pulled through, and We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service is perhaps one of the most vital records of 2016. It is quintessential ATCQ – though at points it may not pack the punch of their earlier records, it manages to not sound like a blast from the past, nor a needlessly mopey tribute to what was. It is potent, addressing (again, in places) the contentious American election season, in their inimitable style that, at this point in time, does not sound like they’re playing catch-up. It also manages to be a tribute to Phife too, with the album’s second half addressing his death. Sure, that’s where things somewhat go kaput, but I’d read it as “now we don’t want it to end.” But, now, perhaps, with one of their core gone, they have to end – but what a way to go. [NB]4/5

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