A Tribe Called Quest Says Farewell with “The Space Program” Video [Watch]
Finally! Now widely available is the visual for A Tribe Called Quest's “The Space Program" from their 2016 studio LP, We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service. Until now, the music video had been an Apple exclusive since its release back in March, reports HipHopDX.
Upon the initial release, ATCQ took to Instagram to promote the video. They wrote: "Our FINAL music video #TheSpaceProgram is here."
The hip-hop collective called it quits after member Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor passed away two years ago from diabetes complications. He was only 45 years old.
However, Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammed have been focusing on other projects. Q-Tip has been busy promoting his Last Zulu project, which is expected to drop soon through Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label. Meanwhile, Muhammed teamed up with Adrian Young to release a joint album called, The Midnight Hour earlier this month.
Directed by Warren Fu, the 8-minute music video for ATCQ's "The Space Program" has an apocalyptic theme, but it's also politically driven. "They’d rather lead us to the grayest water poison deadly smog/ Mass un-blackening, it’s happening, you feel it y’all?/ Rather see we in a three-by-three structure with many bars/ Leave us where we are so they can play among the stars," raps Jarobi, who left the group in 1991 following the release of their debut album.
Full disclosure: Keep the tissues handy because the words "For Malik." flash across the bottom right of the screen. A montage of old photos of the group with the beloved Phife Dawg is also displayed as the credits start rolling.
The video features cameo appearances from Erykah Badu, Common, Questlove, Vince Staples, Pharrell, Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monáe, Rosario Dawson and others.
Watch the music video below: