A Tribe Called Quest continues to kick it with the release of their new video for “Dis Generation.”
Shot entirely in black and white, the Hiro Murai-directed visual finds Q-Tip, Jarobi White, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Busta Rhymes vibing in a train station and dancing in the streets. The legendary crew rhymes about their individual skills and collaborative force while Ali rocks to the beat.
Q-Tip tells Noisey that the video represents each individual and their lyrical trade-offs for a reason.
“It’s a very old tradition for MCs coming up in New York or coming up back in the day, whether you’re part of a crew or not, to say lines together or finish off lines,” he says. “It’s something that, it’s almost like a Voltron kind of premise, where you have, as individuals, we all are strength, but together we are might. And to really exploit the fact that there are four of us on the record by trading off those bars like that. And it’s also just in terms of the economy of the song, you get to still have everybody represented in a good fashion within a reasonable amount of time.”
The late Phife Dawg couldn’t be part of the video, but his voice is still heard. His tragic passing last year brought the Tribe brothers back together but that doesn’t mean ATCQ will release another album. We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service was its last.
“I don’t think there’s gonna be another Tribe album because, you know, you can’t do it without Phife, but, you know, there’s a Busta album we’re working on,” Tip explained. “We’re working on the Jarobi album, we’re working on the Consequence–but if we were ever to do something together it would probably be under a different name. A Tribe Called Quest is done. As far as I see.”
Watch “Dis Generation” below.