The story of A Tribe Called Quest’s new album We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service is one that began last year, when the group was asked to reunite and perform live on The Tonight Show. That TV performance is what lit the fire in hearts of the groups’ members — particularly Phife Dawg, who passed away during the process — to make a new Tribe album.
The story culminates in another TV performance of new material from the record on ‘SNL,’ which you can watch above. To honor their fallen brother, the remaining members of Tribe dropped down a banner of Phife during his verse.
Though Tribe was once one of the most popular and influential groups in hip-hop, Tribe has been on hiatus for 18 years, which is a huge part of what makes the new record so important and exciting for fans.