Phife Dawg lives on. Nearly two weeks after his passing, a new song from the Tribe Called Quest MC has been released.
The J Dilla-produced “Nutshell” dropped today as a reminder of some of Phife’s greatest qualities. “Undefeated, unblemished, underrated,” he rhymes on the track. “Unfiltered, unafraid, unaffected / Undaunted, unabashed, and undeniable.”
The song is set to appear on a posthumous album called Give Thanks, which his family plans to release. “Phife loved his fans, and was so excited for them to hear his new music. I feel like he would have wanted it this way,” said his wife Deisha, while his manager, Dion Liverpool, added, “The single displays Phife’s legendary wordplay as he describes himself, in a nutshell, so to speak.”
The video, directed by Tony Reames, debuted during Tuesday’s “The Celebration of Phife” at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Phife’s family will donate 50 percent of proceeds from the song to the American Diabetes Association and the National Kidney Foundation.
Download “Nutshell” on iTunes and watch the video below.
Since his passing, rappers including Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa, and most recently Kanye West have paid tribute to the late great MC.