After being introduced to the new era of music, the 2010s saw the music world enter a different territory. While some of the biggest acts of the previous decade seemed larger than life at the best of times, there was nothing to hide behind once the age of streaming began to invade all parts of the world from the music. It was time for a change, and it was up to the musicians to see how that change would pan out.
In each respective genre, you’ve seen different artists go back to basics or transform their sounds into something completely different from what you expected of them. As the decade progressed, however, it wasn’t just heavyweights who wanted a piece of culture. Out of nowhere, we also got some of the most intense musicians the world has ever known, blazing through tough territory that perhaps most other bands were too afraid to touch just a few years earlier.
It was a different time though, and music seemed to act less like a fun thing you could shut your brain off to and more like something you could study the inner workings of for years to come. It was a bit of a hassle for some, but once you get to the end of the line, you have a musical gold mine to browse.
There’s always a bit of stress around bands doing a reunion album. While they may have been responsible for writing some of the greatest jams of the era, there’s no guarantee that the same level of talent will carry over to the next generation. Over the years, a tribe called Quest decided to sign on with one last big party on We Got It From Here.
From the Space Program opening notes, this sounds like a modern update from the same guys who came up with stuff like Midnight Marauders, but with a slightly more menacing tone. When you take a look at some of these lyrics, you can tell that Q-Tip has taken an in-depth look at what his life as a black man in America means and uses every track to express his opinion.
In addition to keeping the good times going, Tribe is also tuned for a lot of rock music this time around, especially with the likes of Jack White appearing on some of the tracks. Along with bringing Jarobi White back for the first time since the ’80s, every cut here feels like Tribe signing and ironing out every detail of his career. The party vibe may be on, but with the end of this record, the future of the hip hop scene is now in our hands.