Two weeks after A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg died, the first track off his posthumous album, Give Thanks, debuted via Apple Music. Called “Nutshell,” the track was produced by J Dilla. Its Tony Reames-directed music video, which features hip-hop stars remembering the rapper, premiered Tuesday night at the Apollo Theater’s Celebration of Phife.
Give Thanks had been in the works before Phife’s death and will be out via Smokin’ Needles. Half of the proceeds of “Nutshell” will be donated to the American Diabetes Association and the National Kidney Foundation. (Phife Dawg died due to complications resulting from diabetes.)
The evening also featured emotional testimonials from rappers like Redman, De La Soul’s Posdnuos, Busta Rhymes, and D’Angelo, who performed “You’ve Got A Friend” with the Roots.
Kanye West also gave an eight-minute tribute in which he said, “Tribe made Kanye West. Made the kid with the pink Polo.”