Released just three days after the election with records like their single “We The People…,” “The Killing Season,” “The Donald,” “Whateva Will Be,” A Tribe Called Quest’s We Got It From Here… Thank You For Your Service served as a musical healing for people who were upset that Donald Trump won the Presidency of the United States. On Monday, in an interview published on Bloomberg Politics, Tribe’s Q-Tip spoke the election and if he shares the sentiments that SNL Host Dave Chappelle expressed when Tribe performed on the show that Black people need to give Trump a chance and vice versa.
“I guess we have no choice but to give him a chance because he’s the President,” Tip said on the Bloomberg show. “With All Due Respect. It’s just a lot of heightened, probably disillusionment with him because he’s been a public figure for over 30 years. The platform that he ran on was very scary, it’s extremely polarizing, it’s divisive, and it’s not necessarily inclusive. It’s dangerous and one that brings about almost absolute fear. Given those kind of signifier, I wouldn’t want to give someone like that a chance per say, but the actuality of the situation is that he’s the President and people voted for him although I didn’t vote him, he is the incumbent and he is my President now.”
Tip also spoke about his close friend Kanye West’s pro-Trump comments on stage , highlighted by West saying he would have voted for Trump if he did vote during the Saint Pablo tour a few weeks back before it was cancelled.
“Yeah. He’s my brother,” Tip said. “I just… It’s difficult because I love him. That’s my brother. I reached out to him hoping we’d just get to talk. I’ll probably just leave it there. I really care about that dude, but his remarks are something that requires he and I having a real serious discussion.”