Q-Tip Reflects On Phife Dawg Convincing Him To Rap (AUDIO)

THE ABSTRACT SPEAKS ON THE 5 FOOT ASSASSIN IN A THROWBACK AUDIO CLIP

(AllHipHop News) With the passing of New York rap legend Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor, many Hip Hop participants and followers shared their thoughts about the A Tribe Called Quest co-founder. Thanks to J. Period, a throwback interview of Q-Tip speaking about some of his memories with Phife has surfaced online as well.

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"Phife really introduced me to actually taking it seriously to rap. I’ve known Phife since I was like 4 years old. We went to church and everything," said Q-Tip. "We sang in the harmony choir, all that stuff, and he was always the one feeding me with different little things. He’s the one who kinda put it in me that I could rhyme, because he was always rhyming."

He continued, "Phife was like, ‘Yo, man. We can rap. Listen to [Slick] Rick. You know, you been listening to that joint for weeks. That’s your lane.' Basically, in that kind of way, he was saying that. So, he pushed me to rhyme.”

[ALSO READ: RIP Phife Dawg: The Mixtape via Just Dizle & AllHipHop]

Listen to Q-Tip's interview below.

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