Phife of A Tribe Called Quest premieres the official video for "dear Dilla"

J Dilla-mania continues–nay, peaks!–today as legendary MC Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest unveils the official video for his new single “dear Dilla“–via Okayplayer Premiere! You doubtless have already bugged out over the fearless honesty of Phife’s personal letter to the dearly departed and DJ Rasta Root’s flip of the Dilla-touched break. But now “dear Dilla” get’s the visual treatment it deserves. Phife and Rasta Root took no shortcuts in making their dream vision a reality, taking their cameras to the corner of MacDougall and Nevada on Detroit’s East Side, recruiting Ma Dukes Yancey for a touching cameo and even risking funky diabetic relapse by partaking of an actual Dilla donut??

You’ll have to watch to enjoy all the little moments and appropriate touches but suffice to say that Phife and crew did this project right. Though were not able to be there in physical form ourselves, we are told that the video screened to raucous love from Dilla Day audiences in Detroit and Atlanta.  Get the audio and more backstory on the single here, look for merch soon at www.deardilla.com and cop the single here (via iTunes) because all proceeds go directly to Dilla’s daughters (!) Ja’Mya Yancey and Ty~Monae’ Paige Whitlow. Full credits after the video and stay tuned for more on Phife’s upcoming release on Smokin Needles records and For more info on Diabetes & Lupus go to Kidney.org | LupusResearch.org

Smokin’ Needles Records Presents:

a Konee Rok film

Lyrics: Malik “Phife” Taylor
Music: Dion “Rasta Root” Liverpool
Produced, Written, Edited, Animated, Directed: KoneeRok.com

Executive Producers: Malik “Phife” Taylor & Dion “Rasta Root” Liverpool


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  • Donta Deisel

    This video was awesome#DontaDeisel

  • shakewhosane

    I could listen to those keys forever !

  • Grzhoppa

    It’s got that “Hot Sex” guitar lick sound. Lovin it!

  • Joe Erickson

    this is awesome!

  • Arriflex

    Love this track!

  • jd

    Man how dope was that? Great job. So real.

  • f

    beautiful, just beautiful

  • rum

    toooooooooo g

  • Kava

    This brought tears to my eyes

    • Cam McLaughlin

      Same here. I got “a lump in my throat, my stomach hollow.”
      I wonder how Tip felt hearing this. Brought me back. This is real love.

  • atcq

    phife is looking so much better!! dude gotta stay healthy so he can keep the hip hop game in check.

  • Venti

    Thank you for this unbelievable great track… 6times in a row 🙂

  • Bill Kamphausen

    when’s the last time you heard a funky diabetic? dope!

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  • DJ Nabs

    Very dope

  • vince

    That was great. Wish more hip hop artists were as passionate rather then making money

  • mike starski

    say word

  • Mesha

    Honestly made me smile. God bless 🙂

  • Cam McLaughlin

    Exactly what Hip-Hop needed. Thanks Phife! Rap ’til you’re done. We all respect you, fuck them fake ass rappers. You’re real and we can tell.

  • king Tubby

    Yep, Yup

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  • Wesh Digga

    This is big!

  • Dwight Avila

    Oh my God.

  • Swagbags

    Phife Diggy is back! Run it round the track, let me slow you dooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnn……………pick you up!

  • Aces1art

    great, GREAT track and vid! I’m stuck on this!

  • roll

    Hip hop ages so much better than rock


    first time i saw this i was almost in tears very emotive.. if you study the video properly..love the beat ‘rastaroot’ killing it.. phife dawng keep on keeping on.. ATCQ FOREVER MOS DEFINITELY!

  • Freddy

    Wow! Simply beautiful! This shows how far hip-hop has strayed to become the record industries little bitch. Today’s music is crap, but this track is HEAVEN! Great song, great video! If only all rap/hip-hop could be this good again.

  • Sonics R.I.P.

    Good lookin out Phife. You got heart kid.

  • K-U-T Productionz

    woW. Very nice. That’s Hip Hop Excellence.

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