opening cut “The Space Program.” The Warren Fu-directed visual opens with Q-Tip playing chess on a spaceship—later we see Q-Tip playing chess again, but this time with a faceless man in an empty field.It all builds towards a powerful, thought-provoking ending.A lot of familiar faces pop up throughout, including Erykah Badu, Vince Staples, Pharrell, Common, Questlove, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Rosario Dawson, Janelle Monáe, Alicia Keys, Anderson . At the end, we see a dedication that reads “For Malik,” or Phife Dawg, who passed away in 2016, followed by a collection of photos, which accompany the credits.Q-Tip spoke with Zane Lowe on Thursday about the video and Phife’s passing. I doubt that there’s an acceptance but then if [you] lost someone you accept that, you deal with it, but then you have those moments that are pretty salient for you. I'm saying so [because] I don't think anybody could ever avoid that—one of the pitfalls of being human I guess, so I'm never going to stop loving them.Missing them.” The video is part of the highly anticipated joint capsule between A Tribe Called Quest and Pharrell’s Billionaire Boys Club, with the collection aptly titled The Space Program.Preview the clip below, or watch the full eight-minute video on Apple Music.Listen to Zane Lowe and Q-Tip's full interview here. The driving force behind legendary hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Quest is widely considered to be one of the best hip-hop artists to ever do it, having also been recognized as one of the most successful Muslim musicians on Earth by the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding in New York City.
I., Cee Lo Green, RZA, J Dilla, Lil Wayne, Quincy Jones, Prince, Lupe Fiasco and countless others – many of these collaborations came about as a result of his association with the “neo soul and alternative hip hop-informed” collective known as the Soulquarians.Most recently, he signed with Kanye West’s GOOD Music imprint, released a collaborative compilation mixtape with Busta Rhymes titled The Abstract & The Dragon and has started work on a new hip-hop drama series with Leonardo Di Caprio and Jonah Hill. , replenished the minds and spirits of listeners who were previously famished, and in dire need of soul food.Her visceral takes on love, humanity and God were both bold and encouraging.The 14-track album gently cradled listeners who needed refuge from the chaos that existed in their troubled worlds.