The Estate of legendary MC Phife Dawg has debuted newest single and music video “French Kiss Trios” featuring iconic rapper Redman and J Dilla’s younger brother Illa J.
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“French Kiss Trois” sees Phife team up with Redman to build upon the iconic ode to Montreal “French Kiss Deux,” featuring Illa J. Produced by Potatohead People, the third installment came to life as soon as Redman heard part “Deux,” back in May, he fell in love with the song and knew he needed to become a part of it.
Co-directed by Redman, Tony Reames & Konee Rock, the video shows Redman and Illa J admiring the women of Montreal and features a special guest appearance from the late Phife Dawg’s wife Deisha Taylor, as she reminisces on his memory. The group then comes together to celebrate and honor their friend Phife Dawg. The music video was Executive produced by Phife’s longtime friend and collaborator, Dion ‘Roots’ Liverpool.
Of the release, Illa J shared, “It’s dope to see the evolution of this song, from the first version on my album “Illa J” to Phife’s version, to 6 years later Potatohead people doing a sick remix of the track, and now Redman adding a verse to it, with Ali Shaheed on the mix. It’s an honor having a track with 2 hip-hop legends on it, this one will always be a special joint for me.”
Dion ‘Roots’ Liverpool added, “When Red called my phone and told me that he had French Kiss Deux on repeat. I knew what was coming next, he didn’t even have to ask me and I was excited. Once he sent me a video of his computer and pressed play, I remembered yelling really loud!!”
Phife Dwag’s wife Deisha Taylor also shared, “The day Dion called and said that Redman had French Kiss on repeat and immediately wrote a verse, I was excited. Phife would be going crazy with Red being on this song. Anytime you hear Redman on any track you know it will be dope. The atmosphere and energy shifts when he is on any song or walks in the building.” Meanwhile, Redman added, “As soon as I heard the song, I played it back-to-back 100 + times. I had to hit Potatohead People and Dion to tell them I was writing a verse. Being in the music video was amazing, and I know I’m doing it for Phife. I don’t think he gets enough credit, so God made this my mission to help best way I can.”
The four-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum New York-born MC and member of A Tribe Called Quest’s highly anticipated album, Forever, is slated to be released in 2021. Prior to Phife’s tragic 2016 passing, he spent time working on this album, partnering with trusted collaborators and assembling a catalog of songs representative of his art. Of the upcoming album’s release, Phife’s family stated that “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.”