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Watch the Video for Phife Dawg’s Posthumous ‘Nutshell,’ and Kanye West’s Tribute Speech

Yesterday, Apple Music released "Nutshell," the first advance track from Give Thanks, the solo album that Phife Dawg had been working on before his tragic…
Andrew Unterberger / April 6, 2016

What’s Happening at A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg Memorial in Queens Tomorrow?

A Tribe Called Quest have announced "A Celebration of Phife," a special event tomorrow morning to honor the late Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor. Details are few, but…
Anna Gaca / April 3, 2016

Listen to Kendrick Lamar, André 3000, Pharrell & More Honor Phife Dawg on Q-Tip’s Abstract Radio

Q-Tip's weekly Abstract Radio show Friday night was a special tribute to his A Tribe Called Quest band mate Phife Dawg, who died Tuesday due…
Colin Stutz / March 26, 2016

Michael Rapaport on Phife Dawg: ‘One of the Most Lovable Figures In Hip-Hop’

A few minutes after I interview him over the phone, Michael Rapaport sends me the following text: "I'll tell you this much / Riding on…
Kyle McGovern / March 24, 2016

If You Don’t Know Me By Now: Remembering Phife Dawg

"Stop trying to front like I’m Tito or some shit. And no disrespect to Tito." — Phife Dawg When you woke up yesterday and…
Paul Thompson / March 24, 2016

Phife Dawg’s 50 Best Opening Lines on A Tribe Called Quest Verses

Few MCs in the history of hip-hop took less time to make an impression than the man born Malik Taylor. Whether you first heard him…
Andrew Unterberger / March 23, 2016

?uestlove Remembers How Phife Dawg Changed His Life

As word spread of Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor's death late last night, tributes to the late A Tribe Called Quest rapper came pouring in. ?uestlove posted…
Anna Gaca / March 23, 2016

Mac Miller Pays Tribute to Phife Dawg as Larry Fisherman on ‘5 Foot Assassin’

Mac Miller has shared a wrenching tribute to A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg, who died on Tuesday night at age 45. Under his production…
Harley Brown / March 23, 2016

R.I.P. Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, the People’s Champ of ’90s Hip-Hop

Update: A Tribe Called Quest has also issued a statement about the death of Malik "Phife Dog" Taylor, one of the group's founders, saying "We…
Andrew Unterberger / March 23, 2016

Quizzing Action Bronson About Other Musicians From Queens

Action Bronson is hardly the first great rapper to hail from Queens, but it's admittedly been a while since the heydays of Run-D.M.C., LL Cool…
Dan Weiss / March 30, 2015

Souls of Mischief’s New Concept Album to Feature Busta Rhymes, Ali Shaheed Muhammed

After looking back last year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Souls of Mischief's legendary 93 'Til Infinity, the iconic Bay Area hip-hop quartet has…
Colin Stutz / June 13, 2014

A Tribe Called Quest Tease Retirement After Kanye West Gigs

A Tribe Called Quest will serve as the opening act for two shows on Kanye West's fast-approaching Yeezus tour. That's a noteworthy pairing in and…
Kyle McGovern / October 16, 2013

Chris Lighty and Hip-Hop’s Balance of Art and Commerce

Back when rap was just beginning to become big business, it was still relatively ungoverned and, as a result, seemingly a world away from the…
Brandon Soderberg / August 31, 2012

20 Essential Songs From the Dearly Departed Arista, Jive, and J Records

This week, RCA announced that it would shutting the doors to its Arista, Jive, and J Records imprints, ending 37 years of service on the…
christopherschultz / October 11, 2011

Preview: Five Hot Sundance Music Documentaries

Film buffs and industry veterans flock to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, each year to get a glimpse of the next Quentin…
Kevin O'Donnell / January 19, 2011

The SPIN Interview: Q-Tip

Kamaal "Q-Tip" Fareed is the leader of Queens, New York–based group A Tribe Called Quest, whose innovative first three albums are perhaps hip-hop's most universally…
Thomas Golianopoulos / August 1, 2008

The 20 Best Albums of 1993

The 20 best albums of 1993, ranked by SPIN's editors. [This list was originally published in the January 1994 issue of SPIN.]…
SPIN Staff / December 31, 1993