A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg, RIP

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Damn, that sucks.



I wanna say peace and dedicate this joint to MC Trouble
And to uh… Trouble T Roy
And to um… Scott La Rock
And to um… Cowboy, you know what I’m sayin?
This is for the slain rappers and the fallen rappers, you know what I’m saying?

Q-Tip from “Vibes and Stuff”



Phife was the better rapper. Tip, with his sensitivity, bohemianism, and outside-the-box rhymes tended to overshadow him; but Phife–in terms of pure skills–was the better rapper.

he will be missed

The wackest crews try to dis, it makes me laugh
when my track-record’s longer than a DC-20 aircraft



Legends never die.

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Ya on point Phife? All the time Tip.


“I like 'em brown, yellow, Puerto Rican or Haitian
Name is Phife Dawg from the Zulu Nation
Told you in the jam that we can get down
Now let’s knock the boots like the group H-Town
You got BBD all on your bedroom wall
But I’m above the rim and this is how I ball
A gritty little something on the New York street
This is how I represent over this here beat
Talking 'bout you”

Best Phife lyric of all time.


'Cause I am not the one, I got more game than Parker Brothers
Phife Dog is on the mic and I’m smooth like butter

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My brain has far too many parsing errors on that headline.

Quest on, Phife.

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so, the premise here, which was laid out earlier in the album, is that a lot of pop rappers’ success is predicated on having their rhymes ghostwritten for them. so, to satirize that, De La created an infomercial for a product called “ghostweed”: you inhale it and are imbued with the skills of a better rapper.

the “demonstrations” make for showcases of some nice freestyles, so here’s Phife’s


Super-sad news. 45 is way too young.


Why would Boing Boing embed in a Phife memorial post a Tribe track that, while dope as fuck, has no Phife in it? Dumb.

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I couldn’t agree more. Phife was always my fave of the Tribe.

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Aww crap

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Did you see the WSB TV Mark Arum segment? Georgia has been doing a lot of stupid shit lately, but this made me proud.

For those of you not from Atlanta, a popular local traffic reporter infused his broadcast with ATCQ lyrics today. It was pretty great.

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he’s on Can I Kick It, but yeah, Left my Wallet is just Tip. Odd.

whoa, awesome!

Play the ressurector, and give the dead some life.

Sigh. God damnit.

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