Phife Dawg’s New Song “Nutshell” Features A J Dilla Beat & Shows His Music Lives On (Video)
As friends, family and fans mourn Phife Dawg during the live stream of his Celebration of Phife memorial service at the Apollo Theater, his family fulfills its promise to begin releasing the music Phife was recording, before his passing, to the world.
The first track released from the project is “Nutshell” where Phife can be heard rhyming in top form over a previously-unreleased J Dilla-produced track. Phife’s longtime manager, Dion Liverpool, says of the song “The single displays Phife’s legendary wordplay as he describes himself, in a nutshell, so to speak.” The video (directed by Tony Reames) features The Jungle Brothers’ Mike Gee, De La Soul’s Posdnuos & Maseo, A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Jarobi, Pete Rock, Redman and Rakim all giving testimonials to what Phife means to them, in a nutshell.
Although he recently succumbed to diabetes-related complications, Phife looks bright and energetic in the visuals, as he nimbly flows over the upbeat Dilla track. According a statement released by his family, they will be donating 50% of the proceeds from the sale of “Nutshell” to the American Diabetes Association and the National Kidney Foundation. “Malik had always wanted to use his voice to raise awareness and formally educate young people about diabetes, so we think this is the perfect way to honor him and contribute. This will be an ongoing relationship with these two great organizations,” said his family.
As of now (9:38pm EST), the live stream of the Celebration of Phife Memorial Service is still going on, and you can watch it here.