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It’s been four months since Phife Dawg tragically passed away, but his music and legacy continue to live on through the new generation. On their latest single “Check the Vibe,” Audio Push’s Pricetag and Oktane trade bars like a young Q-Tip and Phife as they sprinkle some Inland Empire flavor on A Tribe Called Quest’s “Check the Rhime.” Hit-Boy also draws inspiration from Tribe as he cooks up a feel-good groove for his HS87 cohorts.

Stream Audio Push’s latest project, The Stone Junction, here.

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A Tribe Called Quest are set to be honored with a mural in their hometown of Queens, New York. A commemorative painting of Tip, Ali, Jarobi and the late Phife Dawg will decorate the walls of Nu-Clear Cleaners on Linden Boulevard, where the group shot the video for “Check the Rhime” back in ’91. Councilman Daneek Miller’s office says the paperwork was submitted last month and the mural is expected to be green-lit in the next few weeks, according to TMZ.

Linden Boulevard (represent, represent) between 192 Street and 193 Street is also close to being renamed A Tribe Called Quest Boulevard after a petition received over 5,000 signatures following Phife’s passing earlier this year.

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Back in 2013, Nappy DJ Needles conceived A Tribe Called Kast, a 12-track “ATL/NY/Dungeon Family/Native Tongue hybrid” that blended OutKast acapellas with A Tribe Called Quest beats. The idea was genius, if not a little overdue. But following yesterday’s revelation that OutKast and Tribe were indeed to planning to record an album together a few years ago, we figured there’s no better time to run this back.

From “Rosa Parks” over “Scenario” to “Ms. Jackson” over “Electric Relaxation,” A Tribe Called Kast is packed with impeccable blends that bring together two of the greatest rap groups of all time. Though we can only dream about what a real OutKast and Tribe album would have sounded like, here’s proof that it probably definitely would have been special.

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“I’m going to say some interesting news and some disappointing news at the same time,” said André 3000 as he graced the stage at Phife Dawg’s memorial at Harlem’s Apollo Theater last night. “About a year or two ago maybe, we were talking about doing a Tribe Called Quest and OutKast album.” Cue a chorus of sighs from the crowd.

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It’s only right that Tim Westwood digs into his Phife Dawg archives for this week’s Throwback Thursday offering. As tributes for his tragic passing on Tuesday night continue to pour in, Westwood unearths this rare freestyle from the Five Foot Assassin from 1999. In case damn near Tribe’s entire discography wasn’t enough proof, this guy was a special, special talent on the mic. R.I.P. Phife Diggy Dawg.

“Since Bonita Applebum, Award Tour and Check The freakin’ Rhime?/It don’t matter, what’s the deal?/Cause on the microphone I keep it Cheryl Lynn real.”

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While the tragic news about Phife Dawg’s passing continues to spread, Mac Miller wasted no time in hitting the studio and paying tribute to the late A Tribe Called Quest member. On this new release, “5 Foot Assassin,” Mac (aka Larry Fisherman) splices Phife’s rhymes from “1nce Again” with an old freestyle on Arsenio Hall, and lays them over a somber soundbed that captures the mood of this sad day in hip-hop.

“RIP Malik Taylor. Thank You,” Mac wrote.

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The hip-hop community has lost another great. Phife Dawg, member of the iconic rap group A Tribe Called Quest, has reportedly passed away. DJ/producer pioneer Chuck Chillout announced the news on Twitter early Wednesday morning (Mar. 23), followed by DJ/producer Statik Selektah later confirming the news.

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This is a special episode for Ciph and Rosenberg right here. Currently promoting the 25th anniversary reissue of their debut album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White (no Q-Tip, unfortunately) appear on Juan Epstein to talk about Tribe’s beginnings, the making of their first LP and the age-old question regarding the “Electric Relaxation” hook.

Well at first I was disappointed that Q=Tip didn’t show up for this (it was early) but as Ciph pointed out, we have had Tip before. It was amazing to hear about the inception of Tribe and the creation of People’s Instinctive Travels from the other members of ATCQ. Next year when Low End Theory gets celebrated, we will have Tip on with them. This had a few “Juan Ep” gem moments that will blow your mind.

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A Tribe Called Quest are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm debut album with a commemorative re-issue available now on Amazon. The new edition features mastered tracks, plus remixes by Pharrell Williams, Cee-Lo Green, and J. Cole.

To further promote the project, Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed, and Jarobi appeared as musical guests on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday. Reuniting and making their first television appearance in over 15 years, the legendary group performed their classic “Can I Kick It?” backed by The Roots.

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Two years after opening for Kanye West at Madison Square Garden — what many fans thought was their final ever performance — Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Ali-Shaheed Muhammad are getting the band back together (for one night, at least). According to Mashable, A Tribe Called Quest will reunite for a special performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this Friday, November 13.

The performance will coincide with the 25th anniversary reissue of Tribe’s debut album, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, which has been remastered by Bob Power and contains three bonus remixes from Pharrell, J. Cole and Cee-Lo Green.

UPDATE: Watch A Tribe Called Quest play “one gotta go” on Hot 97 below…

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