A Tribe Called Quest Bring Back Phife Dawg in ‘We the People…’ Video
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Even though Phife Dawg passed away in March, he makes an appearance of sorts in A Tribe Called Quest‘s new video for “We the People…” The song appears on their new album, We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.
In the clip, which can be seen above, a mural of the departed rapper is erected on a wall. When it comes to the bridge, at the 1:36 mark, the mural is animated and Phife Dawg appears to be singing along on his verse.
“We the People…” is one of the more political tracks on We Got It From Here. It takes on issues like police brutality, income inequality and discrimination, particularly in the chorus when Q-Tip sings, “All you black folks, you must go / All you Mexicans, you must go / And all you poor folks, you must go / Muslims and gays, boy, we hate your ways / So all you bad folks, you must go.”
We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service is being billed as A Tribe Called Quest’s last record of their 30-year career, with Q-Tip breaking the news by posting a handwritten note on Facebook. Although Phife Dawg died before it was completed, Q-Tip said that he “left us with the blueprint of what we had to do.” The album features guest contributions from, among others, Jack White and Elton John, the latter of whom sings on “Solid Wall of Sound,” a track based off a sample of his massive hit “Bennie and the Jets.”
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