A Celebration of Phife




It’s been a long time since I blogged here, mainly because I lost the inspiration to write about music and that’s because the music being put out today days is so unspirational, and I can only write the days of yesteryear’s Hip Hop Golden Era so much without becoming irrelevant.

Now that is out of the way.

Malik Izaak Taylor a.k.a Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest on a Tuesday (March 22nd). It’s only the third month of the year but 2016 has claimed lives, in fact as of this writing comedian Garry Shandling has died at 66…him I liked. (I actually wrote this post a few weeks back I was just waiting for the right time to post it.)

But Phife…that hurt.

When I was in high school particularly in the 9th grade in 1991 I had two cassette tapes at the beginning of the year. The first was Ice Cube’s 2nd album Death Certificate and A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory. Even at the time Phife had more quotables than Q-Tip, but I don’t want to make this about who was better, they both complimented each other well. However,  I’m more to likely to bang a Big Boi record than Andre 3000 if you catch my analogy.

The over looming stigma of Phife was that his contribution to Tribe was underrated, even though real heads knew different this sentiment was thought by Phife himself…and he was right. It’s sad that only only his absence that we realize how important he was not only to A Tribe Called Quest, but to Hip Hop itself. I mean I remember that first time I heard Check The Rhime, it had to have been the summer before 9th grade began I saw the video on Rap City it defined Hip Hop for the next seven years.

Q-Tip and Phife are our generation’ Lennon and McCartney except now it’s like McCartney died first. There hasn’t been  a ATCQ album in almost twenty years since 1998, and I don’t think we were ever going to get one, but now we’re faced with realization that A Tribe Called Quest much like the Beastie Boys is officially over out of respect for their fallen friends and band mates.

Don McLean wrote the song American Pie that refers to “The Day the Music Died” the day that Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in that plane crash in February 3, 1959. Hip Hop also has that day where it could be adequated to the deaths of Tupac and Biggie, but despite all the many fallen emcees of the past, I believe we have our equivalent.


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Game of Thrones – 60’s/Saul Bass Style Title Sequence

This shit right here is so full of awesome it’s not even funny. If I were a 70’s super sleuth this would be the theme song that would play as I shook down pimps and drug dealers.

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Kid Sister Mixtape DUSK2DAWN: The Diary Of Jane Jupiter

Yeah, I always had a thing for Kid Sister, she doesn’t disappoint. The mixtape has a eclectic electric vibe mixed with a dash of dancehall (or whatever that sound is called), definitely worth your time to take a listen to.

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KRS One Happy Birthday!

A happy reminder from Up North Trips and Ego Trip!

Also, in-light of the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda Video is here!

Yeah, I haven’t blogged in just about a year, but never mind about where I’ve been.  I woke up this morning looking for something to get angry about on the Internet when I see that Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda video has graced us…then my penis got all angry for some reason. Now, I might’ve mentioned before that by no means am I a Nicki Minaj fan, expect when she chooses to flex her emcee skills which she does have however far and in between they may show themselves i.e. on Kanye West’s Monster from the Dark Twisty Fantasy Crystal album or where ever.

This Anaconda track is like the anti thesis to Sir Mix A  Lot’s “Baby Got Back”, which uses those samples to great effect, but as opposed to waxing poetic on big asses Nicki’s talking big dicks and I can say BIG DICKS because I’m grown!

I don’t really like Nicki Minaj, at least not the whole white washed pop version Barbie she was turning herself into, which she said wasn’t doing anymore and leaving that whole imagery to Iggy Azalea…BUT, c’mon how can you not like this video?

Gay men will like this video!

On yeah, fuck Drake getting a lap dance in this video! Jesus Murphy, when will people understand that Drake is the worst thing since PM Dawn?

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What Does the Fox Say?!? – Ylvis – The Fox

Sometimes you have to venture out of your comfort zone and get a little dirty. Dig in the crates that are labeled Folk or International Pop or Canadian Rap. I never thought I would try anything Norwegian let alone from anyone named Bård Ylvisåker or Vegard Ylvisåker, but the two of them make up the Nordic comedy duo Ylvis. Normally I would pass this by but they asked the question that I didn’t immediately have an answer to, so I had to stick around and listen to their psychotic pop track The Fox to find out the answer. Even after you get your answer, you may end up going back for more. Its like Furry Crack.

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