A Tribe Called Quest hit the stage with Anderson .Paak, Consequence, Busta Rhymes at the 59th annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night, anchoring the show with its most political moment—while paying tribute to the gone-but-never-forgotten Phife Dawg.
Q-Tip opened with, "We'd like to say to all those people who are pushing people in power to represent them—tonight, we represent you." The set—which included “Award Tour,” “Movin Backwards” and “Can I Kick It?"—was on-point from the get-go, with Anderson .Paak starting his vocals while manning the drum kit.
Then Busta Rhymes showed up, roaring:
"I'm not feeling the political climate right now. I just wanna thank President Agent Orange for perpetuating all the evil that you've been perpetuating throughout the United States. I wanna thank President Agent Orange for your unsuccessful attempt at the Muslim ban. When we come together—"
Tribe and .Paak (please can that be a band now?) busted through a huge wall of gray blocks to bring home the rest of the revolutionary set, jumping into "We the People," the cut off their 2016 swan song We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service, the one with the depressingly relevant chorus:
"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"
A Tribe Called Quest, .Paak, Consequence and Busta were joined onstage by many people of a variety of ethnicities, pointedly continuing to reference Donald Trump's executive orders targeting refugees, Muslims and immigrants.
They also made sure to let some Phife Dawg bars play uninterrupted, and ended with a powerful chant of, "RESIST! RESIST!"
Next, watch ATCQ's Jarobi White lead a tribute to the late J. Dilla: