A Tribe Called Quest ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Conrad Tokyo"
Release date: November 11, 2016
A year ago, the idea of A Tribe Called Quest and Kendrick Lamar on a track together would have only been part of a fantasy discussion or some strange mash-up created by a fan. Then, a miracle—in November, the legendary Tribe released We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service, their first album in nearly two decades, complete with a Kendrick collab.
The simplest word to describe Kendrick’s guest verse on “Conrad Tokyo” is vivid. The album’s tracklist didn’t officially list any features, so hearing Kendrick’s voice pop up after the late Phife Dawg’s is enough to make any hip-hop fan feel simultaneously shocked and full of joy.
Following Phife’s topic about today’s political climate, Kendrick enters from the perspective of a younger generation who have in many ways just come to terms with devastation. "Devils and demons and Deuteronomy / Fumigate our economy, illuminate broken dreams."
By taking this approach, Kendrick closes the generational gap and proves that many of us are suffering from the same struggles, no matter our age.