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A Tribe Called Quest and Anderson .Paak brought politics to the Grammys

The performance included some choice words for our current administration.
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On a night of amazing Grammy performances, one of the most bittersweet feel-good moments came from A Tribe Called Quest's medley with Anderson .Paak, Consequence and Busta Rhymes.

Featuring Anderson .Paak on drums as Tribe members Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi rocked a medley of "Award Tour," "Can I Kick It?," and "Movin' Backwards."

They were then joined by affiliates Consequence and Busta Rhymes on-stage for "We the People." Mr. Rhymes also notably had some choice words for "President Agent Orange." It was a powerful closing statement of unity.

Sadly, the only thing missing was Tribe member Phife Dawg who passed away last year. Initially represented on-stage by an empty mic stand, Phife's "We the People" verse played throughout the Staples Center as the artists raised a fist in solidarity.

While both Tribe and Anderson .Paak walked away from the Grammys without a single award, the performance was enough to echo Phife's immortal line "I never let a statue tell me how nice I am."

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