2016, has been one hell of year so far. For instance the Celebrity deaths within the music and film world;Brexit drama for the Uk; Syrian criss for the world, Ukraniane Criss for the whole world; and now news of Donald Trump becoming the 45th President of the Usa. All those and many more incidents will make 2016 a year that no one will ever forget.
And now for the brighter note.Well, there is an music album release out on the 11th November, 2016 that we should all take note.
Its the latest album release in regards to the HipHop group known as A tribe called Quest
The album is to be named - "We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service" from the group called A Tribe called Quest .
From various music news sources out there via the Internet It seems as if this is now to being the groups final album.
On this same "last" album - we are going to be greeted with the musical talents from Young or old such - Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, Busta Rhymes, Anderson Paak, Elton John, Jack White and of course Phife Dawg.
Phife Dawg. was a member of A Tribe called Quest before his untimely death which occurred on the 23rd March, 2016.
We were told that he died of complications in regards to his long held illness he had with Type 2 Diabetes. He died at the age of 45 years old.
The group that is A Tribe called Quest are universally acclaimed across the world their take on Hip/Hop - which branches out to "Alternative HipHop and Jazz/HipHop".
I have mentioned on this very website to such an extent that I rate them and Gangstarr as the greatest groups to come out of the music of HipHop. This bring about grasp of astounishment from music lovers in general and differnately from the world of HipHop.
What about Run Dmc, What about Outkast, what about NWA, what about the Wu Tang Gang, What about Da la Soul, What about Public Enemy and what about the Geto Boys.
I am going to stand with what I said then and what about I am about to say now. A Tribe called Quest and Gangstarr in my opinion are the Greatest groups to come from the music of Hip Hop.They with a few other introduced the world with another way of Looking at Hip Hop and they introduce to the world of HipHop the music - the music of Jazz.
This is my clazy algengy - A Tribe called Quest are the Beatles of Hip Hop music; and Gangstarr are the Rolling Stones of Hip Hop music (I hope that this makes sense???)
The music world of Soul, Rock and Funk was already being plundered by the artists of HipHop in regards to samples. However, these two groups with together Da la Soul - looked passed the attitudes of gesturing, postering and decided that wanted talk about other issues rather then girls, bling issue and excessive swearing within their music.
At the time they were guiding us along a different route - the use of obscure Jazz music samples; or obsucure music samples in general. By working within that road they helped to change the music world of HipHop music.
In that there was another way to make and present Hip Hop Music to the masses.
Now were are being told to expect a 6th ALBUM from the group called A Tribe called Quest - which will be released officially on the 11th NOVEMBER, 2016.Once again the Hip Hop fraternity stops in awe!
It got the same feeling that when the Beatles were going to bring out a new album in their heyday. Maybe not in the same magnitude as the Beatles - but the within the Hip Hop world we just can't wait.
It appears that the album was being planned by the grroup before the death of Phife Dawg.
The decision to make another album (their 6th ALBUM) came about after the group were asked to perform on
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the debut album - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (November 2015):
It was the group’s first television appearance in 15 years, and everyone agreed straight after the performance.
Q-Tip said. "It felt right,The energy was right. It felt like we was those kids that had that big show in Paris when they were 19. It felt fresh.
It felt exciting. It felt new. Plus, it was just good to be with my brothers after all of that time".
This "good feeling" that all of the band members were feeling after that performance. Seemed to be the push that they needed to get this started.
So Far - A Tribe called Quest have release these studio albums:
1990: People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
1991: The Low End Theory
1993: Midnight Marauders
1996: Beats, Rhymes and Life
1998: The Love Movement
And I as I have mentioned before that the group are to release:
2016: We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service
The news is wlecomed by lovers of the music that is HopHop from around the world.
As many of the fans are in dismay in the quality that is being released to the world in the form of mainstream HipHop music
Many see this as a positive step by the group, as they have always been able to put out material that stands the test of time in each and every release that they have managed so far.
A Tribe called Questcome from a period within Hip Hop music where being different, being experimental (upto a point!) and not being scared to try something different was considered the norm. This period is known as the "Golden Period".
Also the joining the ranks of the Legenday group was the one and only Dj producer - J Dilla via their last two album releases from the band - which shows how much clout A TRIBE CALLED QUEST had.
Little did the band know that the releases of each album they put out - became an event within HipHop Music.
Their very last album that was called "The Love Movement"(5th album release from the band!) - when it was first released. Didn't get the Love of all the other albums that they released.But for me it was gold. And listening it today - makes me shake my head and wonder what are these people listening to???
This album alone beats many that are released today within the world of Hip Hop. Let alone the majestic releases of
The Low End Theory, Midnight Maurders and Beats, Rhymes and Life which have all earned high praise via the Hip Hop Magazine called the Source
We all need to remember that the city of New York wasn't always ruling Hip Hop music within the 1990's.
As we all know that - from 1991 the rise of the "G-Funk" and the West Coast sound in general. New York Hip-Hop was really in the shadow of NWA, Ice-T and Ice Cube.
It would take something powerful to happen within New York to get the same recognition. That's what The Tribe provided - with releases such as the Low End Theory, Midnight Maurders and Beats, Rhymes and Life! And some how bought the trophy back to New York if that can be said.
When Tribe were in full flow - they managed to give us a completely original production style and lyrics that were/was easy to the ears
and guided with a light-heartness attitude to the world. Even today those albums mentioned above are still a breath of fresh air within the HipHop scene that's plagued with commerciality at every turn you take.
Lets Hope that the 6th Album from the group will approach the greatness that is - The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders - just for starters. Or even Beats, Rhymes and Life!!! Personally I don't think it will. As those albums mentioned are as close to prefection that you are going to get for an Hip Hop Album.
But lets wait and see. Grab yourself a copy and let me know what you think. I will.
Here is the playlist of the New album:
We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service" by A Tribe called Quest - Nov 11th, 2016.
01 The Space Program
02 We The People....
03 Whateva Will Be
04 Solid Wall of Sound
05 Dis Generation
10 Black Spasmodic
11 The Killing Season
12 Lost Somebody
13 Movin Backwards
14 Conrad Tokyo
16 The Donald
A Tribe called Quest will also be seen for 1st time on Television since the NEW ALBUM release - via appearing on TV Comedy show known as Saturday Night Live, hosted by Dave Chappelle – on the 12th November, 2016.
Well that all folks for me now anyway.
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