Tuesday, 5 April 2016
The hip hop world is still remembering the late Five Foot Assassin, Phife Dawg aka Malik Taylor who sadly passed away recently (22/02/16) aged only 45.
This was poignant to me in a number of ways, least of all because I am approaching the same age as he was.
Tribe were and will always be my favourite hip hop group because they encapsulated an energy that few ever did in the genre. Q-Tip sums up what they were totally all about in one short line from the song We Can Get Down when he says, "With a kick, snare, kicks and high hat, skilled in the trade of that old boom bap".
The smooth jazz samples accentuated with a crisp drum track were the trademarks of the group who didn't feel the need to change with the times when more rough and ready 'street rhymes' ('Gangsta Rap') was fast becoming the norm. Tribe stayed funky and sailed the waves of mediocrity with their phat flow.
Tonight I am in the studio with DJ JUST-1 and together we will be paying tribute to the sounds of A Tribe Called Quest on The Hip Hop Sessions. I hope you can join us.
http://futureradio.co.uk/ from 10pm Tuesday 5th April.