Heaven Just Picked Up a New Emcee:
Phife Dawg Of A Tribe Called Quest Passes Away
Phife Dawg, self-nick named as, “The Funky Diabetic,” was known as one part of A Tribe Called Quest, with his quick quips and passion for the mic. A Tribe Called Quest, an innovative HipHop Group, broke waves back in ’85 but never released an album until ’90 (“People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm”) and kept their group running strong with positive party tracks, swooning to jazzy back rhythm and with that boom-bap East-Coast style until ’98 when they parted ways. ATCQ was a part of the East-Coast infamous Native Tongues which also included De La Soul, Jungle Brothers that continued the teachings of HipHop through Zulu Nation.
Phife Dogg released, “Ventilation: Da LP,” in ’00. ATCQ reunited at the now defunct HipHop Festival, “Rock The Bells” in ”04 to everyone’s surprise (the same evening that Wu-Tang Clan’s Old Dirty Bastard passed away). The group then began touring light-weight and continued to perform at RTB most years (until ’10). Michael Rapaport, actor, comedian and now film director produced “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest” in ’11 on the underground scene.