Following the untimely death of group founding member Phife Dawg, many wrote off the idea of hearing any new music from the group. There were tributes to Phife of course, even before his death there was a reissued album, even a controversial documentary, but the idea of a new album was something fans could only dream of.
That was until it was announced that a miracle had happened and new music was on its way.
Released today, Nov. 11, on Epic Records, the album “We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service” features contributions from Kanye West, André 3000, Jack White, Kendrick Lamar and more.
While reviews are still few, one long-time fan of the group, the Roots’ Questlove, took to his Instagram account to say many glowing things to say about the group’s first album in 18 years.
“[This] is an excellent high note to end on but this is only telling me that the gas in #ATCQ’S tank is NOWHERE near empty. Like this album is it’s own lane: it fulfills and itches so many scratches I’ve been jonzin for: tempos I love (95-100 bpms) the random scattered bomb squad production tactics of classic albums like #AmerikkkasMostWanted & #FearOfABlackPlanet (16 songs running through you like bullets at the speed of sound, a bowl of stew made by @chefludo and his zany chefs at @troismecla all in tune with each other knowing the RIGHT amount of spices to throw in) — I mean it’s feels vintage in its musicality but is such a 2016 record,” said Questlove.
Stream the entire album from Spotify below (if it doesn’t work, check out the link here) and tell us what you think, can they still kick it?