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Category: Hip Hop

Dear Phife

820The Hip Hop universe has awoken to some more tragic news this morning; Malik Taylor, aka Phife Dawg “The Five-Foot Assassin” and “The Funky Diabetic” , a founding member and literal cornerstone of the world renowned Golden Age of Hip Hop era group A Tribe Called Quest, apparently succumbed to the very disease he had made a favored appellation of and in recent years had struggled with. As of this writing, no official announcement has been made yet, but news sources had independently confirmed his passing, first noted on Twitter by legendary DJ Chuck Chillout.

I cannot for the life of me run down the details of his life at this point; having been a huge fan from the beginning and A Tribe Called Quest being on the itinerary of my musical young adulthood, it’s just mind-numbing to have lost someone critical too soon by anyone’s measure. Not to mention, we are losing so many dearly-held artists from so many areas in music these days that I can honestly say that I was shocked to hear about this, but that shock was quickly replaced by that very numbness that such an event would often inspire days later when you’ve had time to process the entirety of a person’s life, impact and death while you compare feelings and moments with friends and fellow fans.  If there is PTSD for music, I must be in the throes of it, and it’s not something I would wish on anyone.

Nevertheless, instead of a eulogy culled from multiple news items, I present a link to an article from Vulture.com that was published last November in which Phife runs down his five favorite songs of A Tribe Called Quest; one from each album they made together.  Perhaps at a later date I will revisit the idea of discussing the band’s impact on Hip Hop and music as well, as they are certainly worthy.  Meanhwile, Rise In Power, Malik Taylor.

More Interviews with Phife Dawg:

NPR

Noisy (Vice.com)

Rolling Stone

Interview Magazine

Q102.1 (Andrew Liu) – YouTube

Lastly, the title is borrowed from this track I came across while thinking of what to write.  Listening to it again, I finally broke away from the numbness I implied earlier and had a moment with my inner self.  We all can relate to that moment because we all have someone or something that touches that button one last time before they go on their journey, leaving something for us to think about; what was, what could have been.  I just don’t know.

 

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Cool Out.

Picture by Miles Hyman

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It wasn’t me it was the paper.

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Interlude:

Photo Via Vavavoomrevisited

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Hang the fuck up and call back tomorrow.

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Get on the bus….for our dude Chyll Will, some BDP for a Friday.

Picture by Zhang Jia Wu via This Isn’t Happiness.

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Knock her out the water.

[Photo Credit: Jerry Schatzberg]

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Always love the beat boxing on this track:

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What the hell? Let’s make it a week of beat boxing gems.

Picture by Richard Phillips via This Isn’t Happiness

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This here’s gone viral and that’s a good thing. It’s damn impressive plus a ton of fun. Love the look on the dad’s face as he gets schooled by his daughter.

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How’d they get my name and number?

[Photo Credit Anthony Gerace via MPD]

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Just listen, don’t do it, pay attention…

Picture by Bags

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Puff Puff Pass.

[Photo Credit: Danny Gilbert]

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Shit’s straight like 9:15…

Wonder Woman by Terry Dodson And Rachel Dodson

New York Minute

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Block Party, 1977 Style. 

All freaks off the speakers…except for Jackie.

[Photo Credit: @flaviosamelo]

Saturday Matinee

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Afternoon game at the Stadium.

Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Young RF
Teixeira 1B
Beltran DH
Pirela 2B
Headley 3B
Drew SS
Murphy C

Never mind the fog:

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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Hum along.

[Photo Credit: Flora Hanitijo via MPD]

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New De La:

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Mix Master Cut Faster:

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This goes out to our neo-BK chum, Dimelo.

 

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