Phife Dawg Lives On with Posthumous Solo Album – Details to Be Revealed in The Coming Weeks
Adding to the legacy of one of the most influential rappers in music history, the Estate of Phife Dawg has announced the release of “Nutshell PART 2” (Ft. Busta Rhymes & Redman), the first single from the legendary artist’s upcoming anxiously awaited second solo album.
Set to debut TODAY, Friday, February 12th via SMOKIN’ NEEDLES/AWAL, the single will be featured on the first posthumous album release from the four-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum New York-born MC and member of A Tribe Called Quest.
The partnership with AWAL will provide strategic distribution and global marketing for Phife’s posthumous solo album.Additional album details will be revealed in the coming weeks.
The original version of “Nutshell” highlighted Phife’s lyrical elasticity over a lo-fi loop, snappy drums, horn swells, and scratches. It hints at his rebirth on wax and ushers in another triumph.
Listen to “Nutshell Part 2” (Ft. Busta Rhymes & Redman) below:
Before his untimely passing in 2016, Phifecommenced work on what would become his upcoming album.
He carefully assembled a collection of songs earmarked by his signature verbal fireworks, hilarious adlibs, incisive social commentary, and unexpectedly introspective confessions.
With the blessing of his family and his most trusted collaborator and business partner, Dion Liverpool (Executive Producer), under their imprint Smokin’ Needles Records, the Estate unveils his pure vision and final word as a solo rapper.
Of the release Phife’s family stated, “We are excited about the partnership with AWAL for Malik’s posthumous album release. We give all glory to God for allowing Malik to accomplish everything his heart desired, including his solo music.
He worked really hard to complete his album before he transitioned, and he was ready to share an album that was near and dear to his heart with his fans. His fans meant the world to him.”
Said AWAL VP, A&R, Eddie Blackmon, “Phife may have been known as the ‘Five-Footer’ but the impact he left on music and culture is immeasurable. A heartfelt thank you for entrusting AWAL with the remaining part of his musical legacy.”
Phife Dawg lives Forever in 2021.