Phife Dawg – “Nutshell” (prod. J Dilla)

blame it on Meka April 5, 2016

How bittersweet is it that this new song from Phife Dawg, taken from his final album Give Thanks, is produced by another fallen hip hop icon J Dilla? On top of that, it drops during a time where his legacy is being tributed to in both Queens and Harlem, NY? Suffice to say, it’s a bit hard to listen to this track but fans can take solace that the 5 Foot Assassin is in a much better place.

This song comes with a great cause, too. According to his widow (via statement), “50% of the proceeds from the song’s sale will be donated to the American Diabetes Association and the National Kidney Foundation.” Hear it below.

UPDATE: Last night, there was a celebration of the life of Phife at the Apollo Theater in New York, where the likes of the remaining members of A Tribe Called Quest, Kanye West, Andre 3000. Watch some of the speeches below.


Kanye West

Andre 3000

On top of the heartfelt speech, 3 Stacks also revealed some bittersweet news about a ACTQ x Outkast album that was planned, but never executed.

“I’m going to say some disappointing news and some interesting news at the same time. About a year or two ago we were taking about doing a Tribe Called Quest and Outkast album. And for whatever reason it did not happen. I don’t want to let the time go by, please people don’t let the time go by. And that’s one of the biggest things I regret now. We didn’t do it, it was on our plate, and we just… let it go.”