If A Tribe Called Quest had to make one final statement, a boisterous, politically conscious, and funky record would be the most fitting way to do so. We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service was released on November 11, 2016, eighteen years after Tribe’s last album and only a few months after the death of founding member, Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor. The lovable, often blunt, always funny Phife was an integral part of the influential group’s sound. What is incredible—considering Phife’s ailing health during the studio recording sessions—is the energy and personality that swells the seams of every track on We Got It from Here… This time capsule from the present moment is bursting with life, especially the standout protest song, “We the People….”
Read more of Max Gray at Big City Sasquatch or follow him on Twitter @City_Sasquatch. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Encounters, Mount Hope, Conte, tNY.press, and English Kills Review. He co-hosts the etymology podcast Words For Dinner and is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA program.