After almost 2 decades ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ will be dropping a full length studio album. In a recent interview, group members Q-Tip and Jarobi White revealed additional details of the project and also shared their feelings about the passing of their brother, Phife Dawg, which occurred while the group was in the middle of recording.
The album is called ‘We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service‘. The album is filled with superstar collaborators such as Jack White, André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Busta Rhymes, and Consequence.
The recording took place at Q-Tip’s New Jersey studio. He said in an interview, “Once inside the studio, we recorded so many tracks and ideas.” Q-Tip remembered, “It’s one of those scenarios where we were so excited to finally working together that it was exploding in a whole different direction. We really didn’t know what we were doing, it was just a ‘hurry up and press record’ kind of moment.”
Phife Dawg used to come down twice a month from California to New Jersey to work on the album and finish his recordings. These studio sessions were also utilized to vent out all actions and circumstances which led to their initial break up in the 1990’s. Phife passed away in March 2016 due to complications from diabetes. “I had no idea that his days were numbered,” Q-Tip revealed while controlling his emotions. Jarobi says that it was probably the travel, stress and fatigue which got to Phife but in his view Phife was happy to go out like that.
‘We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service‘ is due out November 11th.