This week, hip-hop lost a legend.
Phife Dawg, one of the founding members of A Tribe Called Quest, passed away after a well-known bout with diabetes. The hip-hop community mourned the loss of Phife Dawg with tributes on social media, as well as songs like “5 Foot Assassin” by Mac Miller.
Busta Rhymes was devastated by the news and wrote a tribute to Phife Dawg to Instagram. A bit of history: Busta was part of Leaders of the New School and appeared on “Scenario” off The Low End Theory. He talked about how much it meant that Tribe put him on the record, especially as the last verse that was everything at the time.
Busta Buss was the host of Hot 97’s “Hot for the Holidays” last December, bringing out Diddy, Lil Wayne, Mary J. Blige, French Montana and many more at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. He also had the pleasure of performing “Scenario” live with Tribe. It was their last performance as a group together.
Read Busta’s Instagram post below.
I had to spend the last 2 days going thru a lot of honest thoughts and emotions b 4 I spoke because this one hurts soooo fucking much. I can't begin to explain what @iamthephifer and @qtiptheabstract and @jarobiwhite and @alishaheed means to me and how much they have done for my life. These guys are my big brothers, my friends, and the dudes that always protected me frm the bullshit that came with life both personally and professionally in a way that only big brothers can do it. If u look at this picture closely, on the night of one of my my most magical moments in my 25 year journey in music DEC.5th 2015, I was able to have a dream come true in a way that it never had and that was to perform What's the scenario (original and the rmx) for the 1st time ever back to back with all of the original members of Leaders of the New School and A Tribe Called Quest since we recorded these songs in 1991 & 1992. That night was so magical with all of the love that was under one roof that it's too much to get into the details of but again please take another look at this picture, if u notice @iamthephifer had his hand on my back consoling me as I kneeled down to give thanks crying tears of joy because of how proud of a moment that was for me being able to end a 4 hour set with brothers who put me in a position where I was able to tell my mother she will not have to work for anyone over 20 yrs ago. The belief that they had in me puttin' me and Leaders on that record, putting me last on the record because back then being last on the record meant EVERYTHING, I had no idea at that time what they were setting me up in life to be but thru out the years it was so consistent their love and concern for my well being that it was no way I couldn't see it. Ever since that concert I have had the opportunity to spend time with Phife way more than I have been able to in over 10yrs. I've known this man for over 28yrs and I think I've seen him in the last 4 months the happiest that I've seen him in a very long time. It was apparent that every wish that he had was coming true and I can honestly say that I was witnessing the anointing frm a bird's eye view 1st hand. Until we meet again King, RIP
A photo posted by Busta Rhymes (@conglomerateent) on Mar 24, 2016 at 9:15am PDT