This week we lost another pioneer and legendary MC of Hip Hop. He was an original member of one of my favourite hip hop groups, Malik Taylor aka Phife Dawg, of A Tribe Called Quest.
I don’t remember when I first heard them, but their beats influenced my love for hip hop music.
It’s jazzy like, with a taste of funk, and smooth like butta’. It was different and I soaked it up
MC Phife Dawg had some of the greatest lyrics:
“When’s the last time you heard the Phife was sloppy/ Lyrics anonymous you never hear me copy”
“Me sweat another, I do my own thing/ Strictly hardcore tracks, not a new jack swing”
“Mr Energetic, who me sound pathetic/ When’s the last time you heard a funky diabetic?
Like no other Phife….
I was lucky enough to meet Phife Dawg about 5 years ago in L.A., backstage at “Word Revolution: A Celebration of the Evolution of Hip-Hop,”. He was ever so sweet, with a down to earth energy, and a openness to others. Funny enough, he was definitely shorter that I thought he would be. Nonetheless, the evening was amazing. Comprised of great performances by Naughty by Nature, Arrested Development, Everlast, DJ Jazzy Jeff with Chrisette Michelle and of course Phife who performed “Check the Rhime”. He rocked the rhymes so comfortably on stage. He was smoove like that.
Upon writing my dedication to this lyrical genius, I came upon this viz of Phife Dawg spitting freestyle, supposedly one week before his death. Da man killin’ it!
5ft MC, you will be missed by so many of us, but your rhymes, rhythms, and undeniable lyrical flow will be everlasting. R.I.P Phife
Folks who have known me for a while know my huge love for the band, Rough Trade.
This early tune of theirs “Take Me”, is one of my favourites
The first time I heard them in the early 80’s, I thought lead singer, Carole Pope was a black woman. She was soulful, edgy, raw…she HAD IT, and I was hooked…big time.
This band opened me up to sexuality, raunchiness, edginess, brilliant lyrics and true talent. I was in LOVE. I am a true fan of this Canadian band and tonight, they will be performing their entire 2nd album “Avoid Freud” at the Phoenix in Toronto.
YES, I’ve bought my ticket, and I am as excited as I was when I was a teenager.
It will be a joy to sing all those tunes again, and hangout with my “besties” LOL!
There are still tickets available, but unfortunately the VIP tickets to meet the band are not.
But as the old days, I will do my best to stay close to the STAGE DOOR…
Check out the review of this epic concert, coming soon
Any song that makes me tingle from my head to my chest, down to my thighs, then booty and then to my feet, is FUNKY…and “Yabba Dabba Doo” QUALIFIES!