RIP Phife Dawg

Sad to hear Phife Dawg from Tribe Called Quest has died. Love this tribute to J-Dilla he made, which seems oddly appropriate now.

I have a complex relationship with Tribe – a massive fan back in the day, until I heard a homophobic track from them which they then turned into a moan about the music industry (that saved┬átheir career by refusing to release it!) and realised that unlike De La Soul or Public Enemy they weren’t that ‘Daisy age’ nor ‘conscious’, it was a pose.

But always loved Phife’s rapping, and his humour and honesty. Stressed Out still means a lot to me, during indeed a stressful time in my life (as is now), and Can I Kick It (the extended mix) was a massive CHOON of my youth.

This will probably be the only time Tribe tracks posted here, so enjoy it. Here’s his critique of Q-Tip, which was on point:

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