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A Tribe Called Quest score first No. 1 album in 20 years

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Two decades after their Beats, Rhymes and Life ruled the U.S. chart for a single week in 1996, A Tribe Called Quest have returned to the peak position on the Billboard 200 with their latest studio effort, We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. 

Tribe’s 20-year gap between No. 1 albums is the longest in the hip-hop genre. Two weeks ago, rapper Young Jeezy briefly broke the record after his 2016 set Trap or Die 3 debuted atop the chart eight years and two months after his 2008 album The Recession hit No. 1 in 2008. 

We Got It From Here, the group’s sixth album since 1990, moved 135,000 album equivalent units to top the U.S. chart — 112,000 of which were traditional album sales, with the remaining 23,000 coming from digital streaming platforms. It marks the act’s second No. 1 album in their nearly 30-year career. Each of their previous albums have earned Gold certification or higher in the U.S., with The Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders, and Beats, Rhymes and Life receiving Platinum certification for moving at least 1 million units. 

We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service is being touted as the group’s final release and their first album since former member Phife Dawg died in March. The group performed new material from the collection on last week’s edition of Saturday Night Live, during which they also honored the late MC

The full Billboard 200 chart will be released Tuesday.