The boys are back. A Tribe Called Quest's latest album, We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, only one week after it was released. This is the first time in more than 20 years that the legendary hip-hop crew has tackled this feat.
According to Billboard, the album, which was released on Nov. 11, earned 135,000 equivalent album unit sales by Nov. 17. Out of that total number, 112,000 were physical album sales, according to the publication. Just below Tribe's album on the Billboard 200 was Meek Mill's DC4 and Lady Gaga's Joanne.
The last time ATCQ topped the charts was in Aug. 1996, when their sophomore album Beats, Rhymes, and Life went platinum. The 20-year gap is considered the longest period between reaching No. 1 for any hip-hop act in the chart's history, Billboard reports. Before We got it from Here reached the top, Jeezy broke the record of longest wait between No. 1 albums, reaching the highest seat on the charts two weeks ago for his latest project, Trap or Die 3. Prior to that, the Snowman had gone nearly nine years without a No. 1.
A Tribe Called Quest isn't new to breaking boundaries and defying the odds, but their latest accomplishment definitely rivals other victories. We got it from Here is said to be the group's last studio album. It was their first release since their 1998 record The Love Movement, and the first project since the passing of Phife Dawg in March of this year.
In addition to scoring the No. 1 album this week, ATCQ covers Complex's Oct./Nov. 2016 cover, in which they revealed the creative process into the recording and producing of their album. In the coming days, we'll take it a step further, with an exclusive documentary that unveils behind-the-scenes footage of making the album, and commentary from Chief Content Officer Noah Callahan-Bever regarding the group's imprint on hip-hop music and culture.