AOTY 2017
We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service
A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2016 Ratings: #7 / 721
Year End Rank: #8
User Score
Based on 406 ratings
2016 Ratings: #6
Your Review

CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Consequence of Sound

It seemed like the best Tribe could hope for was an album that longtime fans would embrace, but excite few younger listeners unfamiliar with the group. As it turns out, We got it… is a triumphant defying of such expectations.

90
Exclaim!

We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service proves that after all this time, A Tribe Called Quest can, in fact, still kick it. It's a goodbye on a high note. Thank you for your service.

90
Pitchfork
It can’t be said enough how simply good this record sounds and feels. Everyone here shows themselves to be a better rapper than they have ever been before, but that still doesn't capture the ease and exuberance of it all.
90
AllMusic

This is no nostalgia trip or callous comeback. It's a giant exclamation point on the end of a brilliant career. It's also a tribute to the everyman genius of Phife, a widescreen look at the record-making skills of Q-Tip, and most importantly, it's a pure, undiluted, joyous thrill to have the Tribe back and still sounding this vital.

90
PopMatters

We Got It From Here… captures everything that has been essential to A Tribe Called Quest as a project – the focus on flow, the spirit of adventure, the balance of toughness and gentleness, streets and sky. Yet it also feels like an unlikely leap forward.

90
FasterLouder

We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your Service sees A Tribe Called Quest revive what they do best, and beyond – bridging the gap between carefree and critical, classic and contemporary, timeless and topical, return and departure.

90
Paste
These guys never rapped like this before, and they never will again, at least not in this configuration.
90
The Needle Drop
After nearly two decades, A Tribe Called Quest returns to rap one last time without skipping a beat.
88
HipHopDX

Through thick and thin, Tribe embodies the fully fleshed out idea of the Hip Hop their impassioned audience clamors for: work that’s soulful, thought provoking, and gripping enough to transport minds away from strife to another world sonically.

85
The Line of Best Fit

In the end, A Tribe Called Quest were all about beats, rhymes and life, and this album has that in spades. They may have grown older but their wit and skill with the mic have not eroded. It’s a real joy to hear these three men, particularly Q-Tip and Phife, get back to it like old times.

83
Entertainment Weekly

We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service not only satisfies its lofty expectations, it often exceeds them.

83
A.V. Club

It’s warm, intensely musical stuff—much like everything Q-Tip has released in the past decade—but it’s a fitting frame for an amber-colored ode to a lifelong friend.

83
Pretty Much Amazing
All told, there’s more flaws here than there is greatness. But with each of Tribe’s albums up until now, it’s pointless to dissect it track by track when really, it should be taken as one, singular groove (made up of smaller grooves). And the question remains the same: can you kick it?
80
Rolling Stone

One of the most timeless rap groups ever has returned with a record that doesn't sound like 1996, but doesn't sound like 2016 either. It's imbued with the same feeling of "Push It Along" that they've had from the beginning. 

80
DIY

Backed up by lyrical content that has never been more potent and relevant, this album is proof that A Tribe Called Quest never really left.

80
NOW Magazine
Bring your worst, world. We got a new Tribe record so we’re good.
80
Clash
The sheer timelessness of this album leaves me cautiously hopeful for a wake up call where institutions of love can be fortified, the close-minded open their borders to understanding and good music continues to be made. Thank you for your service, Tribe.
80
The Guardian
For those who value Tribe’s contribution to music, this is a record to be grateful for.
80
Mojo
Ultimately it’s the original, immersive Tribe vibes that conquer all.
80
XXL

At its core, We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service is equal parts a wake-up call to America as it is a dedication to a fallen soldier. Phife Dawg may no longer be with us in the flesh, but his spirit, and the A Tribe Called Quest legacy, shall remain forever.

80
Crack Magazine

They’ve managed to make an album that doesn’t just remind long-term fans of how great they once were, but that stands as a worthy addition to one of hip-hop’s more lauded discographies.

Nov 13, 2016
EMR
67
After almost twenty years of studio albums silence, legendary hip-hop collective A Tribe Called Quest release their final work. This album certainly came as a welcome surprise, especially after Phife Dawg's death earlier this year. Not only for that but, a brand new set of ATCQ's new material could definitely bring the house down - a new ATCQ album with guest appearances from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Andre 3000, Anderson .paak, Jack White? Needless to say, this raised high expectations to ... read more
Dec 19, 2016
Sadvilliany
90
This is my favorite album of the year, for a few reasons. One, it shows that ATQC still has it with the vintage tribe samples and production quality, which is very refreshing considering the trap and r&b take over of 2016. Secondly, It pays homage and tribute to the fallen ATCQ member, Phife Dawg (his death along with Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey, Cohen made 2016 f**king suck). Another reason, this is one of the most well produced albums of the entire year next to lemonade, seat at the table, ... read more
Nov 13, 2016
MarkCooper
77
De La and Tribe really proved me wrong this year. 90's rappers still totally have what it takes to make a modern, competitive album in 2016. Tribe doesn't sound out of their prime at all.

Favorite Tracks: Dis Generation, Solid Wall of Sound, The Space Program, The Killing Season, Lost Somebody, The Donald, Conrad Tokyo, Movin' Backwards, Ego
Nov 28, 2016
chuyin49
87
We couldn't have asked for a better album from ATCQ. The fact that we got one final album from them is already amazing. Definitely one of the best hip hop albums this year. RIP PHIFE DAWG
Nov 18, 2016*
uralberk
85
-2016 AOTY #7-

When a group makes a one last comeback album, it oftenly disappoints. When it is reunion-kinda thing after death of some member, it is worse.

These trends are not valid in our recent case. Q-Tip & Friends are focused; shouting out to new generation, showing a blueprint on how to be an artist without giving up being a rapper.


Added on: November 4, 2016