I was awoken this morning to news that sadly we all probably knew would come one day sooner than we hoped. Phife Dawg of a Tribe Called Quest passed away last night. Several years back a couple of friends of mine and myself were at a boat party in Long Beach sponsored by Myspace Music and hosted by Phife. As special invited guests we had access to him. We all knew he was a funky diabetic. But, this was the first time I noticed just how sick dude was. That night even with the oversized jersey we could all see how frail he was and he moved around sheepishly the entire evening. When in front of everyone he would pool all his energy to give the crowd everything he had. Then when he was not on the mic, he was sitting on a chair by himself off to the side with his head down. My only interaction that evening with him was a dap and a smile. At a later date, I had a chance to tell him how much his music meant to me and I took it. This was something I’m sure he heard a million times before and after me, but, his reaction was one of genuine appreciation. You could tell that he loved what he did and the way people felt about it. As the years went by I was fortunate to have a few stories regarding the 5 Foot Assassin aka Dynomutt. I cherish those memories. Few people have the impact on their genre of music the way that he did. While I am saddened by the transition of Malik Taylor, I choose to continue to celebrate his life through his music.
I was busy last weekend and didn’t get to welcome the NFL season properly….Today though will be my opening day….Eagles play the Lions, so I shouldn’t have a problem getting a win there. We got VIck starting for the first time since 2006 and all the drama that surrounded since. I’m glad we kept him as I wasn’t really comfortable with Kolb just yet…. Below is perhaps one of the finest musical moments in football history when the 1985 Chicago Bears were superbowl shuffling their way into America’s heart, stomping a hole in the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl that year. I included the less known “Buddy’s Watching You” by the 1988 Eagles, an ode to their fiery head coach Buddy Ryan. Also, as an extra added bonus the download of A Tribe Called Quest’s song “Game Day” featuring former New York Giants running back Rodney Hampton
It’s not rare that a remix is better than the album version, it is however rare when ALL the remixes (by Saadiq, Bjork and more) for a song are better than the album version. On top of it all, the album version of “Stressed Out” off of Tribes’ Beats Rhymes & Life album is a really good song…..below is the Raphael Saadiq remix and below that is the link to the rest of the remixes..Enjoy and never say I didn’t give you anything