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Kanye West Honors Phife Dawg

Kanye West Honors Phife Dawg

He was really emotional during this one.

Published April 6, 2016

It was an emotional day yesterday as some of hip hop’s biggest names paid their respects to Phife Dawg at a memorial service in his honor.

Kanye West’s remarks about Phife and A Tribe Called Quest’s influence on him were quite poignant. While remembering the group ‘Ye laid down the reasons why he dresses the way he does and his musical prowess – and it all came from Tribe.

"Y'all made it okay in a city of Al Capone - number one murder capital city - for me to be me," he told the crowd at New York's Apollo Theater. "Tribe made Kanye West. Made the kid with the pink Polo. Made it so I could dress funny. I'm not sorry if I said something wrong."

‘Ye also revealed that The Low End Theory was the first hip hop album he’d ever purchased. "I was sitting here thinking about how much these people inspire me and how powerful the influence of the music was," he explained. "How it meant everything. It is everything. Music was stolen from us and corporatised and anybody that spoke up was demonised. Anything I ever did wrong, blame Tip and Phife 'cause y'all raised me."

Andre 3000 and Busta Rhymes also attended the ceremony and made remarks. Surprisingly, Dre revealed that an OutKast and Tribe album was actually a real possibility at one point.

Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor passed away Tuesday (March 22) from complications due to diabetes, a disease he’d been struggling with for most of his adult life. He was 45 years old.

Watch bits of the ceremony below.

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Written by Paul Meara

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