A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg Honoured with New Posthumous Album 'Forever'
The long-awaited LP arrives next March
Published Nov 22, 2021A release date has been set for a long-awaited posthumous solo album from Phife Dawg. The estate of the late A Tribe Called Quest member has announced that a new project titled Forever will arrive March 22 via Smokin Needles Records/AWAL.
Forever was announced on what would have been Phife Dawg's 51st birthday (November 20), and while a tracklist has yet to surface, the estate's announcement revealed that the album was executive produced by DJ Rasta Root. The album will mark Phife Dawg's second solo outing, following 2000's Ventilation: Da LP.
News of a posthumous Phife Dawg album was shared shortly after the artist's passing in 2016, upon having a New York street named in his honour. At the time, his widow Deisha Head Taylor shared [via OkayPlayer] that he "completed his entire solo album before he transitioned."
That news landed shortly after the release of posthumous single "Nutshell," which has since been followed by the Busta Rhymes and Redman-assisted "Nutshell Pt. 2," "French Kiss Deux" with Illa J, and "French Kiss Trois" with Redman and Illa J.
Phife Dawg passed away in March 2016 following complications from diabetes at 45 years old, and Forever will land on the sixth anniversary of his death.