A Tribe Called Quest Shares Politically-Charged Video for “We the People…”

A Tribe Called Quest Shares Politically-Charged Video for “We the People…”

After nearly two decades of musical silence, the band's newest work speaks volumes.

After nearly two decades of musical silence, the band's newest work speaks volumes.

Text: Kate Ramsay

Today, A Tribe Called Quest releases a new music video for "We the People..." off their recently released seventh studio album, We Got it From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service.

After 18 years of relative silence, the band reemerges with a timely, politically-relevant bang. The video comes after their SNL performance this past Saturday, with an explicitly anti-discrimination (read: anti-Trump) message that speaks directly to the next generation. The album's first visual leaves no injustice unmentioned, and even pays tribute to late member, Phife Dawg, who appears in an animated graffiti.

In the video, ATCQ draws directly from the country's current post-election state, mimicking some of the harsh declarations made by president-elect Donald Trump: “All you black folks you must go / All you Mexicans you must go / All of you poor folks you must go / Muslims and gays, boy we hate your ways.” Visuals in the clip include kids' eyes glowing green at their phones, policemen storming through the streets, protesters rallying, and airstrike alarms blaring in-between beats.

And though this video rehashes the pain that much of America is experiencing, ATCQ grounds us with equalizers, and a touch of humor: “When we get hungry we all eat the same f***in’ food / Ramen noodle.”

The group's seventh album is their first in 18 years and was announced to be their last. It was recorded in Q-Tip’s home studio in New Jersey and features a mixture of guest vocalists such as Busta Rhymes, Jack White, Elton John, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West.

Watch the video below.

Credits: Photo courtesy of A Tribe Called Quest.

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