Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike and El-P have paid a tribute to A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg who sadly died, aged 46.
Speaking on WRTJ Beats 1 radio the pair explained that Phife has a huge impact on a young generation of rappers.
“You will live forever in our rhymes,” said Killer Mike.
El-P continued by saying: “Everybody loves that dude. Everybody knows what he’s done for music; everybody grew up feeling like this guy was someone you wanted to know, and that he represented something for us that was even sort of innocent, in a way. So I’d just like to say – and I’m sorry we’re taking this somber moment here, but somber moments are deserved sometimes – I’d just like to say thank you Phife for inspiring me.
“I remember listening to ‘Low End Theory’; I had been kicked out of high school, I was in GED school in the LES and all I could do was listen to ‘Low End Theory’.
“I was in a strange time in my life, and ‘Low End Theory’ kind of defined that time. Rest in peace Phife, and I will miss you and your music, and you’re a hero to me and a lot of people.”
Killer Mike explained that he had personally reached out to Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip personally to extend his condolences, he said: “You guys were truly brothers and you taught us as young fans and lovers of hip-hop to love one another in the same way.”
Mike also shared a story about ditching school in order to attend a Tribe gig at Atlanta’s Emory University, adding: “He is, not was, but is a constant inspiration to me.”