Phife Dawg’s wife says a posthumous solo album will be released in 2017

Desha Head Taylor: "[Phife] completed his entire solo album before he transitioned”

The widow of A Tribe Called Quest MC Phife Dawg has said that a posthumous Phife solo album will be released next year.

Phife passed away in March this year following complications from diabetes, soon after he’d finished recording vocal parts for Tribe’s recently-released ‘final’ album ‘We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service’. The album hit number one on its first week in the US Billboard 200 album chart over the weekend.

The MC was further honoured on Saturday (November 19) in his native Queens, New York as the corner of Linden Boulevard and 192nd Street was officially renamed the ‘Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor Way’. Speaking at the ceremony, Phife’s widow, Desha Head Taylor, revealed that plans had been formulated for the release of a full solo LP next year (via The Fader).


“His solo album will be out probably sometime during the first quarter of 2017,” Taylor told the press. “We’re working on it now. He completed his entire solo album before he transitioned, so we’re excited about releasing that.”

Phife released just one solo studio album during his career, 2000’s ‘Ventilation: Da LP’. The new record, provisionally titled ‘Give Thanks’, is set to feature the previously-released ‘Nutshell’, a single produced by the late J Dilla.

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