It’s always sad when hip-hop loses a legend and unfortunately a little over week ago, we lost another legend, Phife Dawg. The founder of A Tribe Called Quest, passed away on March 22nd from complications due to diabetes but thankfully his fans, musical friends and ATCQ will not let his memory and legendary accomplishments die down.
ATCQ has announced that they will be honoring Phife Dawg by having a gathering for him tomorrow, April 4th at 10:30 am at St. Albans Memorial Park in Queens, New York. The event is posted on the Smoking’ Needles site and it states that the first 200 fans to arrive will get a special gift.
Along with this gathering, Phife has been celebrated in multiple ways. Tim Westwood released an unreleased Phife freestyle from 1999 according to Pitchfork. And according to Complex, Q-Tip paid tribute to Phife on his Abstract Radio show on Beats 1. He played a mix of Phife’s tracks/bars and the show featured tributes from Kendrick Lamar, Andre 3000, Chuck D and Pharrell. Here is what Chuck D had to say about Phife:
“Full-out salute to my brother Phife. Little brother Phife Dawg, a hip-hop rap world warrior. He lived and breathed hip-hop. The man’s a social narrator along with the world-legendary all-time A Tribe Called Quest. What aa team along with Q-Tip, along with Ali Shaheed Muhammad, along with Jarobi. Team player in the game and really from Queens, these kings. Even had the first lady salute as well. Shout out to my man Phife, the warrior. Peace. A Tribe Called Quest forever.”
You can take a listen to the entire show below.
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