Without a doubt, DJ’s, producers and fellow emcees stopped in their tracks to pay homage to someone who was a true pioneer in this game. Talib Kweli penned an open letter he shared via Billboard. Kendrick Lamar honored Phife at a recent show. The list goes on and on and on. There probably isn’t a single, prevalent artist in this genre who wasn’t inspired or even slightly influenced by the 45 year-old co-founder of A Tribe Called Quest.
Joining the list of emcees paying their respects to Phife Dawg is none other than the pride of Pittsburgh, Wiz Khalifa, who provides his take on A Tribe Called Quest’s classic record, “Electric Relaxation”, a song that was also used as the opening theme song for The Wayans Brothers TV series.
The Wizard Called Khalifa (see what I did there?) jumps into vintage mode, as he impressively mocks the cadence and delivery of Q-Tip, while leaving Phife’s verses on the record, making for a pretty dope back and forth between old-school and new.
Check out “Electric Relaxation” here. Long Live The Phifer. Gone, but never ever forgotten. The Tribe is forever.
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