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Sound and Vision: A Tribe Called Quest's "We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service" by Richard Prince

August 02, 2018

Juxtapoz Sound and Vision is a new segment on our platform dedicated to exploring one piece of substantial album artwork every Sunday/Monday. Album artwork is one of the primary ways that musicians and visual artists are able to collaborate, and many iconic album covers are simultaneously iconic pieces of pop art. It’s also an excuse for us to share some of our favorite albums and the visual component behind what makes an album groundbreaking and fun.

A Tribe Called Quest, We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service
Cover art by Richard Prince

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A Tribe Called Quest’s We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service was a gift many never expected to receive. After taking an 18 year hiatus, Tribe had teased the possibility of releasing a new album in 2015 and, following the death of founder member Phife Dawg, the group’s remaining members released the album with a title that Phife Dawg chose. The album was met with universal acclaim, as it built upon Tribe’s early work that melded hip-hop and jazz with afrocentric lyricism and composition. They also brought in a star-studded list of collaborators, including Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Elton John, and many others.

The album’s cover is referential to the group’s mythos as well as a larger commentary about the time it was released. For the design, they chose the renowned artist Richard Prince, whose use of appropriated images placed him in the lexicon of American conceptual art. His work here features the woman from the cover of their iconic album “Low End Theory,” and another nude woman taking a selfie (among other things.)