Last March, we lost a LION, in the physical form of Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor. But as Busta Rhymes once said in regards to the late Kid Hood on the “Scenario (Remix)” in ’92, he will forever remain with us “in spiritual essence,” much like he is on this cut from A Tribe Called Quest’s latest and arguably even greatest album, 2016’s We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service.
As March draws to a close, Tribe + Bus-a-Bus bless us with this LAMB from The Gods. You won’t see many rap groups, who started in ‘89, manage to age like fine wine. But peep this: A brand new, beautifully understated, authentically artful, Hiro Murai directed black-and-white video for “Dis Generation,” from a four-man-team from Queens, still stick-walking thru all your best dreams.
Let this be an olive-branch, from the old-and-washed community, of which myself and Tribe now apparently occupy, while reaching out to those millennial folks that these brainless cable-news channels are always grousing about. As Peter Tosh once famously said, “You Can’t Blame De Youth.” The best that we can do, is point ‘dem in the direction of beatific truth.
Kids and/or grown folks, if you didn’t already know…we are all extensions of instinctual soul.
Thank You, A Tribe Called Quest, 4 Your Service. Just press play to say you got it from here.