Hip hop recently took a loss with the passing of A Tribe Called Quest emcee Phife, also known as Phife Dawg. With the news stirring the hip hop community, there has been an extreme outpouring of homage being paid to the “5 Foot Assassin”. From mixshow tributes, blog posts, pictures (First Lady Michelle Obama even posed with a picture of ATCQ’s album “The Low End Theory” to pay respect to Phife) and more, the love for Phife Dawg is real and his memory will resonate for years to come.
Prior to his transition, Phife was working on album titled “Give Thanks”. With production from the late, great producer J Dilla (whom Phife dedicated the track “Dear Dilla” to a few years back), Phife’s single “Nutshell’ is available for download. The video for the track was recorded before his passing and features Phife in raw form spitting some the best verses we’ve heard from him in years. Included in the video are some legends of hip hop (Rakim, Redman, Pete Rock, Q Tip, Maseo from De La Soul) summing up Phife Dawg in a nutshell. #PRESSPLAY
“Nutshell” is availabe for purchase and download here.
Rest Easy, Malik “Phife” Taylor.
Rock, Rock On.