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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 30 reviews
2016 Ratings: #5 / 905
Year End Rank: #8
User Score
2016 Ratings: #5
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
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.

100
Record Collector

At once nostalgic and forward thinking, mournful and celebratory, it’s a multihued album with a sharp intelligence. In what will be their final work ... Tribe have retaken their throne as hip-hop’s greatest band.

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
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.
90
FLOOD Magazine

Thank You manages to do the damn-near impossible and sound both as urgent as Atrocity Exhibition and as easy and effortless as The Low End Theory.

90
The Sydney Morning Herald
A Tribe Called Quest's sound is reinvigorated on their latest album – the iconic New York rap crew's first in 18 years – full of humour, invention and anger.
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.

85
GIGsoup

The memory of Phife understandably looms large over the project, but they honour their comrade in the best way possible by surpassing all expectations.

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.

80
The Independent
Despite the hiatus, this guest-laden double-album finds the group still very much engaged, rattling out tongue-twisting, articulate verbal flows dealing more with social realities than self-aggrandising brags and outlaw fantasies.
80
The Observer
Recorded before Phife Dawg’s death, the rappers’ first album since 1998 stays loyal to the values they have long espoused.
80
Albumism

The result is We Got It From Here…, a return to form that is simultaneously triumphant and bittersweet.

BradTasteMusic
91
Ahhhh that’s some soulful shit right there
zachthesnack
93
I wish more classic hip hop artists were making modern masterpieces like this.

P.S. Black Spasmodic is such a B O P
RakkSmells
95
For a group to have an album released up to 18 years after their last rank among some of their absolute best is a pretty massive feat, and jazz rap legends A Tribe Called Quest do exactly that. We got it from here... Thank You 4 Your service is an excellent sendoff to one of the most treasured rap groups in history, featuring excellent production even more detailed than that of their older work, some really solid rapping from Q-Tip and Phife Dawg, a whole multitude of great features including ... read more
ThrowBackG
90
In hindsight, I find this to be more enjoyable and compelling than Kendrick's magnum opus. TPAB's total ambition and self expression shouldn't be undermined, but Tribe's final outing just knocks it out of the park on the musical forefront. There's a bit more kick, spunk, bang and complexion to the production and the fluidity in the progression from one song to another is so seamless. The group's lyricism is tightly woven for actual political discussion. With olden eyes and ears, I'm naturally ... read more
Inglume
87
(Original Score: 60, Updated Score #1: 79)
OH MY GOD, THIS GREW ON ME SO MUCH I REGRET NOT LOVING THIS AS MUCH WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT!

The final album from legendary hip hop group, A Tribe Called Quest, is an incredible return after nearly 20 years of inactivity. This 2016 album takes all of old school hip-hop's finest, most iconic sounds and provides an album so sharp and effective that it instantly shot A Tribe Called Quest back into the hip hop spotlight!

With most comeback albums from any ... read more
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Track List

  1. The Space Program
  2. We The People....
  3. Whateva Will Be
  4. Solid Wall of Sound
  5. Dis Generation
  6. Kids...
  7. Melatonin
  8. Enough!!
  9. Mobius
  10. Black Spasmodic
  11. The Killing Season
  12. Lost Somebody
  13. Movin Backwards
  14. Conrad Tokyo
  15. Ego
  16. The Donald
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Added on: November 4, 2016