Daily Beast review of final Tribe album

December 15, 2016 § Leave a comment

These guys sound inspired. They sound motivated. But most significantly, they sound like Tribe would sound in 2016. These songs are all driven by life experiences gathered over 20 years: friendships broken and repaired, political landscapes that have shifted three and four times since Y2K, and death.  There’s something to be said for living, and how it shapes our art. Hip-hop has been consistently stereotyped as a genre driven by youthfulness; and that manifests in everything from its commodification to the way so many artists romanticize dying young—be it via an adversary’s gun or a prescription bottle. But this is life music. And A Tribe Called Quest has always made music for you to live to.

Stereo Williams, “A Tribe Called Quest’s Inspired Final Album Finds Wisdom in the Face of Trump’s Hatred” 11.13.16, http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/13/a-tribe-called-quest-s-inspired-final-album-finds-wisdom-in-the-face-of-trump-s-hatred.html

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