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A Tribe Called Quest have released an epic new music video for ‘The Space Program,’ from their 2016 album “We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.”
Befitting the song’s title and central metaphor, the video, directed by Warren Fu, is an eight-minute sci-fi film following Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White on a slowly deteriorating spacecraft as a racial dystopia unfolds back home. Just as their spaceship runs out of oxygen (with the warning message “I Can’t Breathe”), the three wise Tribesman wake up on a peaceful alien planet.
Consequence, Vince Staples, Erykah Badu, Common, Rosario Dawson, Questlove, Black Thought, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Janelle Monae, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, Doug E. Fresh, and more also make appearances throughout the video.
The video, dedicated “For Malik” closes with credits featuring images of the group with the late, great Phife Dawg.
It’s time to go left and not right
Gotta get it together forever
Gotta get it together for brothers
Gotta get it together for sisters
For mothers and fathers and dead niggas
For non-conformers, won’t hear the quitters