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This is a rebroadcast episode of Atlanta’s premier hip hop radio show that aired live on Saturday night 2/8/14 from 10pm-1:00am EST on the 100,000 watt radio station WRFG 89.3 FM just 1 day after the birthday of celebrated Detroit producer & emcee James Yancey a.k.a. J. Dilla.
It was fitting that our special guest on the show this week was none other than Phife Dawg, formerly of legendary hip hop group ‘A Tribe Called Quest.’ Phife & producer DJ Rasta Root spoke on the making of the new single & video for #Dear Dilla that celebrates the life of the fallen hip hop icon. We also discuss Phife’s upcoming album “MuttyMorphosis” which is due later this year.
In addition to plenty of brand new & exclusive music and quality bangers, this turned out to be another stellar edition of the ‘Beatz & Lyrics Show with Jayforce!
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If you missed the Atlanta & Detroit debuts of this special song dedicated to the late great James Yancey aka J Dilla then as of now your wait to is over. Without further ado, here’s the brand new video from Phife Dawg called ‘Dear Dilla’ produced by DJ Rasta Root & directed by Konee Rok.
Thursday night, February 6, 2014, the Atlanta music community came together for a special video premier party, celebrating the new solo release from Phife (A Tribe Called Quest). “Dear Dilla” pays tribute to the legendary hip hop producer James Yancey, aka J Dilla. The single drops in time for the yearly “Dilla Day” celebration of the famed producer’s birthday in February. J Dilla produced classic songs for A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, Common, The Roots, and is very notably admired for his solo albums and work with Slum Village. He died from a rare blood disease in 2006.
The new single, “Dear Dilla,” produced by DJ Rasta Root (longtime friend and DJ of Phife and A Tribe Called Quest), is Phife’s first new music in over 13 years. He participated in a Q&A with DJ Rasta Root, video director Konee Rok and independent Atlanta artist 4-Ize (co-star in the video). Also on hand for special performances was rap artist and MC Boog Brown (who performed J Dilla’s material), and DJ Fudge of 5 Star Generals.
Held at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema theatre, the video release party played host to many of Atlanta’s music trendsetters, DJs, journalists, music connoisseurs and fans. The video premier was hosted by Jayforce of the Beatz & Lyrics show (WRFG FM). Sponsors of the event included Whole Foods, Jayforce.com, Okayplayer.com, Mono, and Zico Coconut Water . Event production by Riddim Kidz, Smokin Needles, SOciaLight and The Agency.
When Phife Dawg & DJ Rasta Root let me hear this song ‘Dear Dilla’ honoring the late great Detroit emcee & producer J Dilla a short time back I immediately knew it was something special. The DJ Rasta Root produced track provides the perfect soundscape for such an emotional, heartfelt, & sonically superb song.
#dearDilla is an open letter to Phife’s long time friend and producer, the legendary J Dilla (James Dewitt Yancey), who passed away on 2006 from complications of a rare blood disorder.
Just wait until y’all see the video directed by Chicago filmmaker Konee Rok that’s about to drop soon. Trust me it’s a very dope clip featuring cameos from Dwele, Uncle Herm, T3, & more. If you live in Atlanta the #dearDilla video will premier February 6th at the Midtown Art Cinema from 7:30pm-9:30pm with a Q&A hosted my yours truly & it will also premier at Dilla Day in Detroit on February 7th at the Fillmore. This is also the first official single to Phife Dawg’s upcoming album ‘MUTTYmorPHosis’ due later this year.
DOWNLOAD: PHIFE DAWG – DEAR DILLA
Is Phife in ATL talking noise about the Falcons?? Hahaaa! This 4-IZE jawn“Rush the Court” featuring him and the homie Senor Kaos better be solid.
Check out 4-IZE (from 6 Rings) and Phife Dawg (from A Tribe Called Quest) talking about 4-IZE‘s new project “Chi-TLien” produced entirely by the Dynamite Bruhz. “Rush the Court” features Phife Dawg & Senor Kaos. The sports theme of the track got 4-IZE and Phife talking about our hometown Atlanta Falcons just after Monday’s big game. Be sure to check for more videos chronicling the recording of “Chi-TLien.”
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This is dope to see the homies Phife Dawg & Dwele get busy for the remix to “What Profit” off of the Detroit soul singer’s upcoming album “Greater Than One” due August 28th. Can’t wait to run this joint on the radio show. You can download the remix single & pre-order Dwele’s upcoming album from the links below…
Producer/emcee Oh No is serving yet another shot of dope music for your enjoyment. “Dues N Don’ts” is a cut from the “Ohnomite” album (out now). It features Oh No himself handling biz (the “Dues”), the legendary Phife Dawg (of A Tribe Called Quest) spitting a dope verse (the “Don’ts”), and singer Jose James vocalizing to fill in the grooves of the groove. Funky. Soulful. Liking it. Oh… and the “Ohnomite” album also features guest appearances from the likes of MF DOOM, Evidence, Alchemist, Erick Sermon, Rapper Big Pooh, MED, Guilty Simpson, Roc Marciano, Sticky Fingaz, Chino XL, Roc C, Prozack Turner, Termanology, and Frank Nitt on other cuts. More motivation!
The homie Phife Dawg alongside the homies, DJ Rasta Root, & SnackBox stopped through Canada for a show north of the border. Phife Diggy spoke on his upcoming album “Cheryl’s Big Son”, touring, producing, & the ‘Beatz, Rhymes, & Life’, documentary. More under the hood….
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Phife Dawg, Maseo Of De La Soul, & Skilled B-Boys Represent For Puma At ‘The Mid’ In Chicago (Video)
On March 2nd in Chicago, Puma held a special B-Boy competition & in-store with Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, Maseo Of De La Soul, & live instrumentalist, DJ, & producer AraabMuzik. Phife Dawg took the time to sign autographs for fans before launching into a 7-8 song performance at The Mid & was later joined by Maseo of De La Soul who hopped on stage to rock with Phife for a few joints. DJ Rasta Root served as the DJ for the evening alongside Maseo before producer AraabMuzik performed a set doing live beat creations & remixes on his beat machine. The video directed by Konee Rock is expertly edited but condensed down & many parts of what took place that night were left on the digital cutting room floor. Overall the turnout was great & it was definitely a good day in Chi-town.
Legendary emcee and member of the Legendary group A Tribe Called Quest, Phife Dawg had a show at BB Kings in NYC last Thursday night & the CAC-TV crew were there to document everything that went down. They interview Phife backstage to find out what’s new for 2012 including his upcoming solo project, his production company, and some new acts that he’s pushing….
Illadeph meets QB in this freestyle featuring Rahzel on the beat, with Black Thought, Consequence and Phife Dawg on the mics. As usual, Rahzel kills the beatbox while Ali Shaheed Muhammed and Questlove chill and groove to the beat. Would’ve been nice to hear what Q-Tip had to say, though. Guess time was up on Lorna’s Corner.
The homie Phife Dawg of the legendary A Tribe Called Quest is a straight up Philadelphia Eagles & New York Jets fan. Sometimes I’d clown the Phifer that he needs to just go on ahead & join the Raider Nation although I’m not mad at him supporting my hometown Eagles. Even though personally I’m a true Raiders fan. As a part of his duties with his new podcast for the NFL Network, Phife who splits time between Oakland & Atlanta, stopped by the Raiders practice facility & spoke with Raiders in house reporter & cheerleading coordinator Jeannette Thompson about his feelings on the Raider organization. Phife spoke on what he likes about the Raiders, the global Raiders fans he’s met, & more. Watch the video at the link below or click on the photo but make sure you watch it to the very end of the interview because Jeannette stumps Phife for a few moments when she asks him if they “Can Kick It?”….Hahaaaaa!!!
While out on tour in the UK, the homies Phife Dawg, DJ Rasta Root, & Snackbox stopped by London’s KISS FM & Phife spit an off the top of the head freestyle. There’s a difference between a “Freestyle” & going “Off The Top” of the head. Unlike most emcees, Phife did both in this video…No written raps in blackberries or iphones necessary.
My homies Phife Dawg, Snax, & DJ Rasta Root were out on tour in Europe & during Phife’s sold out show in the UK he mentioned a few things that raised quite a few eyebrows from fans who were in attendance that tweeted about the show. Phife mentions that when he was sick & in the hospital back in 1992 there were only two rap artists at the time that called him to see if he was well & one of those was Heavy D. Phife also mentions that Jive records failed to clear the Lou Reed sample on one of A Tribe Called Quest’s biggest hits “Can I Kick It” so therefore they have never seen any money from the song over the years.
Lacer Headwear x Smokin Shells team up to bring you “Evolved Originality.” This project is hosted by Phife from A Tribe Called Quest. Mixed by DJ Rasta Root. It is a collection of artists that are down with Lacer and Smokin. It also features previously unreleased new music from Phife himself. The incredible artwork is done by Don Rimx. The complete tracklisting is under the hood…
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Little Brother meets Slum Village meets A Tribe Called Quest? Not so much because none of those groups are together anymore. This is a track featuring 3 solo artist who used to be part of some of the greatest groups in hip hop ever. Dope joint produced by Focus…
In some footage that ended up on the cutting room floor from the A Tribe Called Quest Documentary “Beatz, Rhymes, & Life” directed by Michael Rapaport, Nas brought out A Tribe Called Quest on stage for a live performance in New York City.
This is finally the official trailer of the one of the most anticipated documentaries in music due to drop this summer! Directed by Michael Rapaport with a total running time of 1 hour & 37 minutes, the film is slated to be released in theatres July 8th
Rest in Peace to one of my favorite artists based out of Atlanta & good friend JAX. The homie DJ Rasta Root recently uncovered some footage from 2003 on their tour with Phife Dawg to Japan….
“In 2003, Jax, Phife and I travelled to Japan for the ‘Smokin Needles Japan Tour. It was a pleasure going over there with Jax and seeing how excited he was to be in Japan. All he kept saying was, ‘I’m in Japan’. Almost like trying to tell himself over and over that it was true. With the hardships of being on tour, early flights..lost luggage and occasional language barriers, none of that seemed to matter while Jax was around..he made jokes out of everything, and kept the tour fun and light. I miss him dearly, and count myself blessed to have crossed his path.”
Thank you Jax Forever King.
– DJ Rasta Root