As if hailed by bat signal, A Tribe Called Quest's We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service, the Queens, NY rap group's first album in 18 years (and apparently their last), arrived just when we needed it most. It's '90s boom bap comfort food with bars sharpened to cut surgically into the era of Black Lives Matter and President-elect Donald Trump. It's not just nostalgia, either. This album is sure to be on all sorts of year-end lists.
We got it from Here, their first album since the death of Phife Dog (who appears posthumously), will be Tribe's first Billboard No. 1 in 20 years when the Top 200 comes out this week. And, it has fans new and old revisiting earlier volumes of wisdom, too. Aided by big digital sales after an appearance on Saturday Night Live last week, the group's entire discography is currently charting on iTunes Top 100 Rap & Hip Hop Albums.
The clean and dirty versions of We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service, The Anthology, The Low EndTheory, Midnight Marauders all land within the top 20. According to Hits Daily Double, We got it from Here is expected to do 73,000 to 83,000 in sales plus streaming units, enough to debut at No. 1 on Billboard (Billboard itself is actually projecting much higher).
If the new album has proved anything, it's that A Tribe Called Quest are as relevant as ever. When the old oracles return, you'd be dumb not to listen up.