Followers of old school hip-hop, rejoice!
It was announced recently on Valentine's Day by Phife Dawg's widow, Desha Taylor, that the late MC had a posthumous album completed and ready to roll out by "the first quarter of 2017." Just to throw in some extra love for this day of romance, the new Phife single "Wanna Dance" featuring singer Dwele was released, now streaming on Okayplayer and featured below.
Along with a ballpark release date, Taylor also shared the title of the album, finished before his death in sparse recordings throughout 2015: Forever.
Definitely an apt title, and most definitely a project to look forward to this season.
Of all the amazing hip-hop music to have come out in the last year, among the most well-received was the comeback of A Tribe Called Quest, with their album We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service released back in early November. Coming after the unfortunate passing of founding member Phife Dawg due to complications from diabetes, the group were spurred to release their newest album in over 15 years, tackling current issues anew with their time tested 90s boom bap style.
A Tribe Called Quest, back in the 90s
Regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop acts of the 1990s "Golden Era," ATCQ belonged to the Native Tongues rap collective with the likes of De La Soul, Leaders Of The New School, and the Jungle Brothers, most of them hailing from the East Coast, if not directly New York City. A movement centered around black pride, seamless jazz sampling with new twists, and general positivity being the focus, the sound seemed to have come as a response to the mainstream success of "gangsta rap," another subgenre in the culture which blew up in the 1990s.
From 1991 onward, when the group released their now-classic album The Low End Theory to immediate critical acclaim, A Tribe Called Quest were often held up as the torch holders for "conscious rap," which other current acts like Joey Bada$ and Flatbush Zombies still emulate and pay homage to.
Read all about Phife Dawg's latest album and other developments, here at Popdust!