Phife Dawg single will debut Tuesday
Just two weeks after rapper Phife Dawg’s death, A Tribe Called Quest commemorated their former member Monday morning with a tribute concert in New York’s St. Alban’s Memorial Park. Following the event, news broke that a posthumous Phife Dawg single and video will arrive Tuesday.
Produced by the late J Dilla, a frequent Tribe collaborator, the single will be titled “Nutshell.” It was originally slated to appear on a forthcoming Phife solo project, Give Thanks. According to The Fader, half of the proceeds from the single’s sales will go to the American Diabetes Association and the National Kidney Foundation; Phife died from complications with diabetes.
The track’s teaser, streaming below, features a number of kind words from fellow ’90s hip-hop greats, including Tribe’s Jarobi White, Talib Kweli, and Nice & Smooth’s Greg Nice.
Monday’s show took place in Queens, where fans have petitioned to name a street in the area after the rapper.
Prior to the event, A Tribe Called Quest’s surviving members spoke out about Phife’s death. “Our hearts are heavy. We are devastated. This is something we weren’t prepared for although we all know that life is fleeting,” they wrote in a statement. “It was no secret about his health and his fight. But the fight for his joy and happiness gave him everything he needed. The fight to keep his family happy, his soul happy and those around him happy, gave him complete and unadulterated joy…until he heeded his father’s call.”
Watch the teaser for “Nutshell” below.