Who Can Kick It? 5 MCs Who Can Perform Phife's Parts During ATCQ Tour
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“This is our last record, and we’ll probably do a world tour.” — Q-Tip
You heard it straight from the source that A Tribe Called Quest will spread their message of audio revolution with us all as a world tour. If you’re like the multitude of masses who are blaring We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service out their speakers — this is continued music to your ears. And after honoring the life and legacy of Phife Dawg on Saturday Night Live and on wax, seeing these brothers—for what would be the last time—on a stage perform is a must-cop ticket opportunity if any.
Fresh from the street dedication in Queens for Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor Way, we question just how this situation is going to work without the 5-foot ruffneck getting busy on the mic. The conversation turned quickly to other emcees who could possibly body lyrics in the spirit of the late Trini-gladiator. While there is only one Phife Dawg, to be able to share his beats, rhymes and life with the rest of the world is an opportunity that any capable rapper would jump at a chance for.
With that in mind, here are some suggestions we have for helping Tip kick some raps from the boulevard of Linden. Enjoy!
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Say what you will (and you probably will) about this self-proclaimed Trump-supporter, but the last time he and Tribe were on stage they shut down Madison Square Garden. Hearing him do some old routines with Tip and then break into “The Killing Season” could be an electrifying experience.
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The otherworldly MC is featured on the standout cut, “Kids,” with Q-Tip, so seeing them do that song live and in living color is truly one for the bucket list. But, 3-Stacks was certainly influenced by the group, so hearing him honor the legacy by rapping his verse from “Buggin’ Out” would have crowds doing exactly that.
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Another guest star appearance from We Got It From Here, yet this one might come with a few tricks up his sleeve. The world is already witnessing his rhyming spirit, but in rapping Phife‘s bars, he would be spreading the word about the late MC’s impact on the hip-hop / rap game. Witnessing K Dot put his own finesse over Phife Diggy’s bars on “Scenario” could be a highlight coming to a venue near you.
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It has been 20 years since A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul released projects in the same year. #FactsDontMatter. What does is to see that both crews are keeping the Native Tongues banner alive and well in 2016. Known as a pretty capable lyricist in his own right, Pos, rapping Phife’s verse from “Check The Rhime” could be just as sharable as when they performed with Common at the White House.
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Last, but certainly not least — the Dungeon Dragon is Tribe to the core. As his days with Leaders of the New School proved, Bussa Bus always made sure to respect the Trini-man first. A strong presence on the new Tribe record and an impactful member of the collective, he is more than knowledgable to usher audiences into Phife’s lyrical danger zone.
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