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Friday, March 25, 2016

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 3/25/16: A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It? (1990)


With the passing of one Malik Taylor, it's only necessary that this week's Flashback Friday include a few "A Tribe Called Quest" classics that he specifically got his lyrical shine in.

Unfortunate thing in all of this is how Phife Dawg never was given his chance to deliver a well-hyped solo album. Part of it had to do with just the in-demand market for it, but as he so eloquently alluded to in an interview on Highly Questionable in 2014, the less glamorized members of Wu-Tang got their album shine, so why couldn't he?

Eventually he was able to release a solo album, but any notable demand for it had long past the minute it (Ventilation: DA LP) dropped in 2000. No assistance from Q nor Ali went into it, and it is an album that even most of these "#RIPPhifeDawg" tribute people probably have never even bothered to listen to or know about.

Thankfully on their debut "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm," Phife did get his shine and produced really the most memorable rhyme in the song with hoping that David Dinkins would become mayor of New York City. It's the 1990 classic "Can I Kick It," a song with so much global appeal despite the modest support it received from start, as the first Flashback Friday of this year's Good Friday.



More to come, with Malik Taylor tributes and others, at The Whole Delivery. 
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