Rest in peace, Phife.
In what would have been Phife Dawg's 47th birthday, A Tribe Called Quest has released a capsule collection today (November 20th), in memory of one of the group's prominent members.
The collaboration with the Thread Shop features pieces such as a Safety Green Hoodie, a White Tee featuring a Low End Theory-era photo, and a Black Trucker Hat. Check out the pieces below that are available for purchase online.
Fans have a chance to win two Phife Hoodies signed by Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White, and Consequence when entering their names in a ballot here starting November 20th. Winners will be announced December 15th.
Phife passed away last year at the age of 45 from complications due to diabetes.
A leading member of the group, Q-tip, was recently named the very first artistic director of Hip-Hop culture at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in D.C.
“I think it's a great opportunity for this country in a lot of different ways,” Q-Tip said on the significance of his role. “A historic institution for arts such as the Kennedy Center that they would want to, in so many words, institutionalize hip-hop because for so long the creators and the practitioners of the form were looked at as degenerates, uneducated hoodlums, you know saying provocateurs, cop killers, rapers [SIC], like all these different labels.”
“So, through all the black and blues, to able to have the Kennedy Center wrap up hip-hop and claim it, like jazz before it and blues before it and so forth as a part of like a true American art form to kind of investigate, not only the rich foundation of hip-hop and its beginnings, but it helps people who may not be from this world to understand truly the complexity, what black complexity is,” he added.