2016 has been an awful year so far for the passing of legends and last week was no exception with news of the untimely death at the age of 45 of A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg. A Tribe Called Quest are considered one of the most influential hip-hop acts ever with The Low End Theory and People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm widely recognised as two of the best albums ever made in the genre. As a young kid growing up in Belfast, the first “real” music I ever got into was “Golden Age” Hip-Hop and alongside De La Soul, Eric B & Rakim, Public Enemy, ATCQ were to provide the soundtrack to my youth.
So today we pay tribute to Phife Dawg with a track that provided the basis for one of ATCQ’s biggest hits – I Left My Wallet In El Segundo. We’ve featured The Chambers Brothers before here on Gazfunk, way back at the start of our exploration into the funky in 2010. Not much more needs to be said about them or indeed Phife Dawg other then the world has lost a true innovator and huge influence on modern day music. We salute you Dawg, thanks for the memories and rhymes!