The hip-hop group released their last full-length, ‘The Love Movement’, in 1998, with its follow-up now confirmed for a November 11 release.
According to The New York Times, the album will be called We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service, and features White, André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Busta Rhymes and Consequence. It will also feature late Quest member Phife Dawg, who passed away in March.
Q-Tip said that he became friends with White after the former White Stripes man asked to perform A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Excursions’ live. Describing how White arrived at the studio without any gear, Q-Tip said: “He just took a guitar off the wall and plugged it in and just got his wizard on.”
He added: “We recorded so many tracks and ideas. It’s one of those scenarios where we’re so excited to finally get to work together that it was exploding in a whole different direction. We really didn’t know what we were doing, it was just a ‘hurry up and press record’ kind of moment.”
The group confirmed that the album will be their final release and described finishing the LP following Phife Dawg’s death. “It’s so hard for me to sit in there and hear his voice,” Q-Tip said. “Sometimes I just have to like take a break and walk away. It gets heavy. It doesn’t necessarily get sad, it just gets heavy. I literally feel the energy from him when I hear his voice.”
“I’m gonna be missing him for a while… [but] I feel hopeful. I feel Phife with me.”