It’s the end of an era.
Legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest announced during their set at Panorama Sunday evening that it would be their final New York show “ever.”
Rapper Q-Tip cut the music mid-set to deliver a moving tribute to the late Phife Dawg, his fellow Tribe member who died in March 2016 at age 45.
Q-Tip thanked fans for supporting the rap group since they formed in 1982 in St. Albans, Queens.
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He also shared that Phife’s parents were in the audience. Behind Q-Tip, a massive image of Phife, born Malik Isaac Taylor, with his hands held together as if in prayer lit up Panorama’s gargantuan video screens. DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad was visibly upset during the emotional moment.
Muhammad played Phife’s “Butter” verse off 1991’s “Low End Theory” a cappella, featuring the late rapper’s signature higher-pitched, dexterous delivery.
Q-Tip explained Panorama would be the last Tribe show in New York in order to “honor” Phife Dawg, but left the door open for solo projects from himself, Jarobi White and Ali Shaheed Muhammad.
The electrifying set featured cuts off of the group’s 2016 album “We Got It from Here… Thank You for Your Service,” but also included classics like “Bonita Applebum.”
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A Tribe Called Quest will continue their world tour through September, with shows in Colorado, San Francisco, Ireland and England.
With KATE FELDMAN
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