This Friday, seminal hip-hop act A Tribe Called Quest will release its first album since 1998. As a testament to the beloved group's sterling reputation, We Got It From Here ... Thank You 4 Your Service comes chock full of guest stars, including Andre 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Jack White and Elton John. During a Wednesday-night listening party at MoMA PS1 in Tribe's home borough of Queens, New York, the new record boomed through the pristine, punishing sound system inside the dome set up in PS1's courtyard, inspiring vigorous head-bobbing in a chatty, boozed-up room of admirers.
The album's release follows the death of Phife Dawg, one of Tribe's MCs, who passed away in March due to complications from diabetes. His comrades paid their respects at PS1. "He set the tone," the rapper/producer Q-Tip told the audience. Q-Tip and Jarobi White – who contributed to the 1990 album People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm before departing for culinary school – enthusiastically co-rapped one of Phife's verses, adding touching annotations as they went.
The pair briefly discussed their work on the record, occasionally competing with the sound of subway trains screeching from a nearby stop. The two MCs were joined during the Q&A by an emotional, loquacious Busta Rhymes and Consequence, both of whom are featured on We Got It From Here.