Much like John Legend’s “Love Me Now,” A Tribe Called Quest’s “We the People…” was recorded before the election results and evolved into something more powerful after Donald Trump was named President-elect.
The video, released on Thursday, addresses the xenophobia, homophobia, racism, and misogyny embedded in society. People are lured to Q-Tip’s rallying cry as the rapper sings, “All you black folks, you must go/ All you Mexicans, you must go/ And all you poor folks, you must go/ Muslims and gays, boy, we hate your ways/ So all you bad folks, you must go.”
Deceased member Phife Dawg also appears in the video as an animated graffiti portrait, rapping, “Dreaming of a world that’s equal for women with no division/ Boy, I tell you that’s a vision.”
Q-Tip gave the Daily Show audience a first look at the video. “You felt it brewing in this country, you felt it in the underbelly that there was disposable people, if you will, people who may not add to the true economic gains,” he told host Trevor Noah of these issues. Referring to “true economic gains” and “capitalism,” he added, “The tennants of capitalism is that there has to be something or someone that you take advantage of, or that you kind of expose and exploit. It’s a constant, really, that we’ve been dealing with for a while.”
Watch his Daily Show appearance below and see the video above.