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Phife Dawg Re-Stakes his Claim On Posthumous Single “Nutshell”

UPDATE 2: The “Nutshell” video has officially dropped. Testimonials from Mike G of The Jungle Brothers, Posdonus and Maseo of De La Soul, Jarobi White, and Pete Rock start the video off. Listen to Phife’s flows over some unheard J Dilla production above. 

UPDATE: In honor of the late Phife Dawg, The Apollo Theater in Harlem is throwing a tribute show with surprise guests that you can stream below via Revolt here. The programs passed out reveal that the video for Phife’s first posthumous single “Nutshell” will premiere at the close of the event.


Here is a recording of the live stream of the event. It was an amazing gathering that brought out everyone from Lauryn Hill, Kanye West and Andre 3000 to L.A. Reid, Chuck D, KRS-One, Pharoahe Monch, Statik Selektah, Posdnuos of De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Kid Capri, The Awesome 2, LL Cool J and many, many more.

Smokin’ Needles held an event in St. Albans Park yesterday morning (April 4) to remember the A Tribe Called Quest founding member, with the first 200 fans getting a special t-shirt that acted as a ticket to get into tonight’s show.

“We’re out here giving ’em to the heads that came to show love to our brother. Love is love,” Dres of Black Sheep told us from the site yesterday. Watch our video recap here.

We’re all still mourning the death of Phife Dawg, co-founding member of A Tribe Called Quest, but we’ll have some new music to hold on to starting tomorrow.

Phife was allegedly working on a new solo project called Give Thanks before his passing, and the first single, produced by J Dilla is premiering on Beats1 tomorrow (April 5). Phife’s official YouTube account dropped a 33-second preview of the single, with short blurbs from Dave form De La Soul, Talib Kweli, fellow ATCQ member Jarobi White, and Ras Kass, among others.

Check the video above.

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