Legendary hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest is back with their first album in almost two decades! The new album titled “We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service” will officially release November 11,2016. According to consequenceofsound.net, group members Q-Tip and Jarobi White shared some exclusive details with New York Times regarding this historic comeback album, during this interview with New York Times the group members discussed all collaborations on the new album, the unique recording process and the passing of their group member and brother Phife Dawg, who tragically passed away earlier this year in March 2016, which suddenly happened in the middle of the group recording the album. During the interview, Q-Tip said the group recorded the album at his music studio in New Jersey. Phife Dawg traveled to Q-Tips studio in New Jersey twice a month from California to work on the album. During the recording process, Q-Tip said it gave the group time to hash out their differences and to make peace and squash the problems that occurred during the 1990’s. Q-Tip stated “We went through all of the stuff and apologized, and it was just so good, man. We were so back.” After making peace, Q-Tip was unaware of the extent of Phife’s health problems and battle with diabetes. When Phife passed away unexpectedly, it broke Q-Tips spirits. The group members also felt in a sense that due to excessive traveling, that could of affected Phife’s body. Jarobi White said “Doing this album killed him”, also “And he was very happy to go out like that.” After the group loss Phife Dawg, Q-Tip was determined to continue working on the album not only for the fans, but for his brother Phife. Q-Tip put the finishing touches on the album until late October. Q-Tip also said that it’s a heavy feeling inside when he hears Phife’s voice on the new album. The legendary rapper says “It doesn’t necessarily get sad, it just gets heavy. I literally feel the energy from him when I hear his voice.” The group’s upcoming new album also will have timeless collaborations from some hip hop heavyweights, including legendary rappers and musicians such as: Busta Rhymes, Andre 3000 and Elton John, and hip hop genius’ Kendrick Lamar and Consequence. Busta Rhymes also mentioned to The Times the experience and ambiance in Q-Tip’s New Jersey studio during the recording process, the hip hop superstar said that it was mandatory for all the artists to record at Q-Tips studio. Busta also added “If you wrote your rhyme somewhere else, you still had to come back and lay your verse in Q-Tip’s house”, also “So we pretty much did every song together. Everybody wrote his stuff in front of everybody. Everybody spat their rhymes in front of each other. We were throwing ideas around together.” This album is truly going to represent hip hop, and its truly exciting because we know this album will be high quality and epic. A Tribe Called Quest represented the jazz and the core soul of hip hop. For the group to finally release a new album, and for us to get an opprotunity to hear amazing new verses from the late great Phife Dawg, this album is truly about to make it’s mark and become another classic from such a legendary hip hop group! Make sure to support and purchase A Tribe Called Quest’s new album “We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service” due for release November 11th, 2016. Also, check out my classic video mix below of the Greatest Hits: A Tribe Called Quest!
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