A Tribe Called Quest takes over “SNL.”
Live from New York, the legendary rap group joined host Dave Chappelle on last night’s episode of the late-night program to perform two tracks off their first album in 18 years, We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service.
Performing “We the People,” Tribe delivered a politically-charged set. “If you’re looking at us, stand up, touch somebody next to you,” Q-Tip said from the outset. “Everybody here, stand up, one fist in the air. We are all one. We are the people.”
Backed by Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White and Tip performed their socially-conscious lyrics before a banner of the late Phife Dawg dropped from the ceiling.
“All you black folks, you must go,” Tip and J rapped in unison. “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.”
ATCQ wasn’t done there. The group also performed their We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service intro, “The Space Program.”
Honoring Phife once again, longtime Tribe affiliates Busta Rhymes and Consequence emerged from the audience to join Tip and Jarobi in performing the Five Footer’s call for action on the track.
“Let’s make somethin’ happen,” they chanted. “Gotta get it together for brothers / Gotta get it together for sisters / For mothers and fathers and dead ni**as / For non-conformists, one-hitter quitters / For Tyson types and Che figures.”