Few acts are lucky enough to reach the iconic status of ATCQ, and that's exactly what Phife was....an icon. Not only in music, but in pop culture in general. I was gutted to learn of his passing in 2016. His music meant a lot to me growing up, as it did to all of us, so I had to celebrate his 50th birthday today in my own way.
This project is also paying homage to Pharcyde's classic 'Labcabincalifornia', which also turned 25 this past weekend. There are already a bunch of ATCQ-themed tribute mixes to Phife, so I opted to go a different route and use his solo LP 'Ventilation'. I felt that Phife's flow matched up well with the soulful bounce of Labcab's production, courtesy of J Dilla, The Pharcyde, Diamond D, The Beatminerz, and M-Walk. So I fused the 2 together, and the result is 'DollarCabOnLinden'.
Happy 50th birthday to Malik Taylor aka Phife Dawg aka The Funky 5 Footer aka The Trini Gladiator aka Phife Diggy aka 5 Foot Assassin aka Funky Diabetic aka Mutty Ranks!
This mix is also dedicated to our fallen brother DJ Spinbad. Rest in peace
Ventilation x The End
Miscellaneous x The Hustle
Drugs x Drop
4 Horsemen x Devil Music
Flawless x Drop RMX
The Club Hoppa x Groupie Therapy
Lemme Find Out x Runnin
Phife Dawg Interlude
You Know You Want It x Hey You
Thought U Wuz Nice x Bullshit
Alphabet Soup x She Said
Melody Adonis x Y? Be Like That RMX
Beats Rhymes & Phife x Something That Means Something