It didn't take long for the world to celebrate the release of A Tribe Called Quest's semi-posthumous reunion album, We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service. Just a couple days after the album's release, the group's entire discography was charting on Billboard, and today it looks like they're in for even more good news—their first number one album since 1998's A Love Movement.
Billboard is forecasting that when the new charts are revealed this Sunday, Tribe will be sitting on top, projecting that the album will accumulate approximately 120,000 equivalent album units (a mixture of sales and streams). The larger point is that, at least for one week, we should rejoice in the mathematical proof that the world really does want a powerful new album from a classic group, something we also saw with De La Soul's success.
The news is, of course, bittersweet given that Phife Dawg's not here to celebrate with his brothers, but perhaps that makes a number one album all the more important. Tribe never needed commercial success to justify their art—they still don't—but both for new fans and those of us who have been listening since back in the days on the boulevard of Linden, it's moving to see them go out on a high note.
A Tribe Called Quest will soon be number one once again. Long live A Tribe Called Quest.
By Nathan S, occasional keyboard hitter and beard maintainer. This is his Twitter.