The legendary 5 Foot Assassin from A Tribe Called Quest died last night at the age of 45. Tribe has not released an official statement yet, but legends such as DJ Scratch and Punchline of Punch & Words confirmed the news. No cause of death has been stated, though Phife was diagnosed with diabetes back in the ’90s.
To remember the legendary Tribesman, we have put together a list of rare performances from the group. Our thoughts are with Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi, and friends and family:
“Can I Kick It?” – Showtime At The Apollo
The Tribe went uptown and appeared on the Apollo TV show from the ’90s. One album in and the audience at the theater was loving them.
“Check The Rhyme” – In Living Color
Tribe came to the classic comedy show that was home to the Wayans family. Peep a young Jennifer Lopez, back when she was one of the Fly Girls, introducing the legendary group.
Interview & Freestyle – Arsenio Hall
In this clip, the group is talking to Arsenio about making “Award Tour” and if they would pursue anything beyond music. Then Phife spits a freestyle while Tip provides a beat box for him. Check the footage to see the excitement on Ali and Tip’s faces about an 18-year-old singer who was capable of playing multiple instruments: D’Angelo.
“Rumble In The Jungle” – Late Night with David Letterman
This is a gem. Tribe performed this rare song from the soundtrack to the Muhammad Ali documentary along with the Fugees, John Forte, and Busta Rhymes. Need we say more?
Freestyle – Rap City
Tip and Phife dropped a quick freestyle during an appearance on the BET show. This was when Joe Clair was hosting.
BONUS: Sprite Commercial
Back in the day, nearly every rapper appeared in a Sprite commercial. Tribe was no exception.
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