A Tribe Called Quest held no punches — or punchlines — Saturday night.
As soon as the pioneering hip-hop group took the stage at Saturday Night Live, they took a decidedly political stance, performing We The People off their legacy-cementing farewell album, We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service.
“All you black folks, you must go. All of you Mexicans, you must go,” bandmates Jarobi White and Q-Tip rapped as Ali Shaheed Muhammad DJ’d in the background. “All you poor folks, you must go. Muslim and gays, boy, we hate your ways. So, all you bad folks, you must go.”
The urgent track couldn’t be timelier after a divisive election cycle, which involved hateful rhetoric aimed at immigrants, Muslims, the LGBT community and members of intersecting identities.
Politics aside, Saturday proved to be an emotionally charged night for the Tribe members, who paid tribute to their late co-founder, Phife Dawg. The artists unfurled a banner displaying an image of Phife and served as hype men as Phife’s vocals came through the speakers.
Later on, the band members took audiences to new heights with The Space Program, which they performed alongside We Got It From Here collaborators Busta Rhymes and Consequence in a stunning final performance. To stream full record: Spotify, Amazon Digital, Google Play, Soundcloud, Tidal.
By Jaleesa M. Jones | Source: usatoday.com