Q-Tip, Jarobi and Ali Shaheed Muhammad also paid tribute to late member Phife Dawg during the televised performance
A Tribe Called Quest gave their first televised performance in a year last night (November 12) on Saturday Night Live.
The legendary hip-hop group, who released their final album ‘We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service’ on Friday (November 11), were also playing live for the first time since group MC Phife Dawg died in March.
On last night’s show, which was guest-hosted by comedian Dave Chappelle, Q-Tip, Jarobi White and Ali Shaheed Muhammad took to the stage twice as the musical guests. The trio played two cuts from ‘We Got It From Here’ – ‘We The People…’ and ‘The Space Program’ – with the latter featuring a guest contribution from ATCQ affiliates Busta Rhymes and Consequence.
During the performance of ‘We The People…’, the group revealed a backdrop that depicted Phife as his verse played.
‘We Got It From Here…’ was made on the back of the momentum from ATCQ’s successful live comeback on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in November 2015, with the group reuniting to record their first album together since 1998’s ‘The Love Movement’. After Phife’s passing in March, the group continued to finish the album, using rhymes and “the blueprint” left behind by the late MC.
Read more: A Tribe Called Quest’s Brand New, Final Album Is A Fitting Farewell For The Hip-Hop Trailblazers
Watch A Tribe Called Quest perform ”We The People…’ below, and ‘The Space Programme’ here.
“We got it from Here…
Last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live was the first since the results of the US election were revealed earlier this week. Cast member Kate McKinnon performed a tribute to the late Leonard Cohen while dressed as the defeated Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, playing Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ during the episode’s cold open.
Guest host Chappelle was also widely praised for his powerful opening monologue, which focused on the outcome of the election. Watch that below.
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