Questlove’s Reaction to New ATCQ Album Will Skyrocket Your Expectations

By | Posted November 10, 2016
The Roots veteran couldn’t have had more complimentary things to say about the new album.

Considering the current political and social climate, when news of the first A Tribe Called Quest album in 18 years recently surfaced, hip-hop heads were understandably excited.

All the hype factors are here on this album. Not only has the group been silent for almost two decades due to internal conflict and record label issues, but these are the last recordings from the legendary Phife Dawg, whom we’re still collectively mourning, and the tracklist is stacked to boot. 

With We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service arriving tomorrow (November 11), legendary Roots crew member Questlove took to Instagram to stoke the fires of excitement with an enlivened preview/review of the project.


All imma say is Yes. Yes. Yes. I didn't wanna do the privilege stuntin brag move. w/o spoiler alerting I'll just say 3 things: 1) I miss the group esthetic in hip hop especially in mc'n---like this ain't a "ok this my 16, then hook then your 16, then let's do his 16"----nah this some Run DMC/Beastie Boys/Furious 5 collaborative tug-of-war-rhyming (just putting it out there: if #Andre3000 joined @ATCQ this would be the best most welcome move in music prolly since JG joined NE or maybe Edwards came to the Temptations) 2) the last time I was so pleasantly surprised at someone's hidden skill performance was when @djmaseo came out of nowhere kickin ass and takin names on #DeLaSoulIsDead---but man all I'm left wonderin was what if @jarobiwhite had barz on the OTHER tribe records! Which leads to my last point: 3) this is an excellent high note to end on but this is only telling me that the gas in #ATCQ'S tank is NOWHERE near empty. Like this album is it's own lane: it fulfills and itches so many scratches I've been jonzin for: tempos I love (95-100 bpms) the random scattered bomb squad production tactics of classic albums like #AmerikkkasMostWanted & #FearOfABlackPlanet (16 songs running through you like bullets at the speed of sound, a bowl of stew made by @chefludo and his zany chefs at @troismecla all in tune with each other knowing the RIGHT amount of spices to throw in)--I mean it's feels vintage in its musicality but is such a 2016 record. And it's timing could really really truly couldn't be like---better because it's topical. This is so needed right now. Come midnight tonight you will be HAPPY AS HELL. Matter of fact? (Forgot it's Thursday) tonight at #BowlTrain I'm spinning ALL TRIBE! why? I wanna hear #ThankYouForYourService on loud ass speakers! See y'all tonight after @talibkweli's @brooklynbowl concert. It's gonna be an amazing night of hip hop I'll tell you that much.

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Among the myriad excited musings Questlove unleashes about the album are the wishful prospects of André 3000 being a full-time member of ATCQ, Jarobi's surprisingly standout verses, and the revival of a true group dynamic.

While the specifics are certainly exciting, it’s Quest’s explanation of the vibe of the record that really gave me chills. Quest’s love for and knowledge of music makes him one of the most respected tastemakers in the culture right now, and seeing him this giddy over an album has expectations at an all-time high.

Quest finishes out his electrified preview by saying that although the album feels vintage in its musicality, it’s a perfectly timed record for 2016 and shows that ATCQ still has what it takes to craft a classic album, noting that once it drops fans will be, “happy as hell.”

With a musical genius like Questlove singing praises this high, there’s little to no fear of a let down with this record.


By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.

Photo Credits: Instagram / Instagram

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