A Tribe Called Quest: Q-Tip, Phife, Ali Shaheed Muhammad.
An exploration of the powerful messages within ACTQ's first album in 18 years.

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11.14.2016

Why A Tribe Called Quest's Album Is So Relevant Right Now

Last week was one of epic proportions. An election as controversial as the campaigns that preceded it culminated as the shock of the nation reverberated around the world, and on its heels, A Tribe Called Quest released their first album in 18 years. While the people of America battled a range of emotion and the number of protests across the country grew by the day, ATCQ’s message–one of hope and fearlessness in the face of oppression and strife–could not be more relevant than in this time of political purgatory.

We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service sums things up pretty flawlessly in its name alone. Cameos by the likes of Busta Rhymes, Kendrick, Elton John, and André 3000 are woven throughout, and sociopolitical nods and nuances are prevalent throughout the album itself, ranging from tracks like “We The People…” (Dreaming of a world that’s equal for women with no division / Boy, I tell you that’s the vision) to “The Space Program” (It’s time to go left and not right / Gotta get it together forever / Gotta get it together for brothers / Gotta get it together for sisters), and “Conrad Tokyo” (Trump and SNL hilarity / Troublesome times kid, no time for comedy). The grand finale, “The Donald”, is perhaps telling given its placement on the album. We’ll find out soon enough.

Cancel your plans for the rest of the day and listen to the full album below.

Featured image via A Tribe Called Quest

Stay tuned to Milk for more music-fueled political foreshadowing.

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