Making A Final Impression, The Last Album
Sooner or later each artist will have to call it quits, either if we like it or not it is bound to happen. Unfortunately, due to drugs, violence, or health issues most notably, careers can have a sad end. While this is very unfortunate, sometimes going out with a final album can feel out of place at first but with time helps us remember the greatness and legacy of a respected artist. Some of my favorite final albums are Donuts by J Dilla, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two from the Beastie Boys, Blackstar by David Bowie, and We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service by A Tribe Called Quest. For the sake of time, I’m going to talk about A Tribe Called Quest’s final album.
Eight months before the release of the final A Tribe Called Quest album, We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service, Phife Dawg passed away due to diabetes at the age 45. By this time it was eighteen years since the music industry had seen a new Tribe album. By this time nobody thought they’d ever see a new A Tribe Called Quest album and when they first announced a new album the feelings were mixed because of the loss of Phife Dawg. In retrospect, We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service is considered to be one of the best hip-hop albums of the decade and a critical piece is A Tribe Called Quest’s discography. While it felt unsettling at the time, this is what Phife Dawg wanted. On A Tribe Called Quest’s final album, they added onto an already spectacular hip-hop legacy that will forever get rave reviews from hip-hop heads alike. At the time it seemed out of place, but you know Phife Dawg was looking down smiling when we all got to witness the experience that is We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service for the first time, now that’s what I call a lasting impression.