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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.

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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