#RIPPhifeDawg: Tribe Mourns Phife Dawg at Final Show in Morrison, Colorado
Q-Tip, Jarobi, Consequence and Ali Shaheed Muhammad honored their late rhyme partner and comrade in such a way that all of Colorado felt his spirit.
The Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado, played host to A Tribe Called Quest’s final show in the area on Thursday night (Aug. 10). The lost of Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor has turned this tour into a commemorative moment for the man, the Five-Foot Assassin and hip-hop legend. Tribe has been honoring him during every stop, but this date in Colorado had everyone feeling misty-eyed and weepy.
As a giant photo of Phife loomed behind the kings from Queens, the Native Tongue collective would turn their backs on the crowd to acknowledge Phife whenever his verse would start. There was a point in the show where Tip couldn’t hold his composure as he talked about his longtime friend. He would reminiscence about hitting the streets of New York City, chasing girls and delivering the kick to the chest. “This will be our last show in Denver, but we want y’all to keep listening to us and enjoying us,” Tip said.
“I apologize for that. You know, I know that when Phife and I first started rhyming we were like nine [years-old] and we heard ‘Rapper’s Delight,’ and he was the one who encouraged me. When Run-DMC came out, because they were from our neighborhood, he was like, ‘So we can do it, too.’ You know, I know my man is here enjoying this, so we just wanted to play one of our favorites.”
If you’ve missed Tribe perform live, please don’t let another date go by without seeing them. The 162-gang’s discography is full of classics, quotables and magic hip-hop moments that can never be duplicated. With Phife’s memory and essence present in every bar, in every beat — A Tribe Called Quest will live forever and a day.