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The Healing Power of A Tribe Called Quest's New Album

On a dreary week in American history, A Tribe Called Quest release their final album, 'We Got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service'

On one of the dreariest days in American history, New York’s hip-hop community gathered to launch one of the most necessary albums in ages.


A Tribe Called Quest is back. Eight months after the tragic passing of Phife Dawg, the legendary New York City hip-hop group have put out their sixth and final studio album. 16 tracks spread across two discs, We Got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service features all four of the original Tribe members alongside collaborators like Andre 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Elton John, Kanye West, Talib Kweli and Jack White.

It’s everything.

Okayafrica was at the record’s listening party Wednesday night at MoMA PS1 in the group’s home borough of Queens. Q-Tip and Jarobi White were in the house, as were Tribe family members like Busta Rhymes, Consequence and Phife’s mom, Cheryl Taylor. Long-time friends and collaborators packed the room.

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Attendees inside the modern art museum’s outdoor performance dome had the first opportunity to hear the record in full. Afrocentric visuals and ATCQ animations were projected onto the dome walls as the music played followed by a live discussion between Q-Tip, Jarobi, Busta and Consequence about the making of the record and Tribe’s artistic legacy.

“This room is a testament to what Tribe means historically, what Tribe means currently, what Tribe is going to always mean in the future,” observed Busta.

He was right.

If our nation is to begin to heal, there’s no group with a greater healing power. This is, after all, a group that overcame several breakups and frayed reunions to produce a magnificent final chapter. One we badly needed right now.

We Got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service is out now. Stream it via Spotify and Apple Music.

"SA Rappers Out Here Killing Y'all," M.I Abaga On Nigerian Rappers

M.I has fueled a debate about the state Nigerian hip-hop with his latest song, "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life."

Nigerian star M.I Abaga is back with a punch and taking aim at all of his fellow Nigerian rappers.

The track—which sees M.I. drop lines like "none of you rappers is real enough... that's why these fans are not feeling ya'll," "SA rappers out here killing ya,ll," and "rappers are singing now just to get popular, yuck"—has sparked a debate across social media on the current state of Nigerian hip-hop.

There's been some calling out M.I for not supporting young Nigerian rappers like big rappers do in South Africa. These years have seen the likes of Cassper Nyovest and other big SA stars supporting younger talent.

Others, however, have taken up the challenge and started responding to M.I's track over the "Fix Up Your Life" instrumental. M.I's been retweeting the responses and, in a way, the track's been getting a lot of the young rappers M.I calls out some more attention.

M.I and his label Chocolate City have also been in the news lately over suing Nas for not delivering a good verse.

What do you think? Is Nigerian hip-hop in decline?

See some choice tweets below.

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In Photos: Migos' Culture Tour in Johannesburg

ATL trio Migos' Culture Tour had two South African stops–in Durban on Friday and Johannesburg on Saturday.

We attended the Joburg leg of the tour, and the group didn't disappoint, although the event itself was unacceptably disorganized. South African rappers Riky Rick and Nasty C gave great performances, especially the latter.

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