A posthumous Phife Dawg album is set to arrive sometime next year.
On November 20, the surviving members of A Tribe Called Quest celebrated what would have been the late rapper’s 50 birthday by announcing limited-edition “Phife Forever” t-shirts “to honor and celebrate his life and legacy.” The rap group also revealed that a posthumous Phife Dawg record is set to arrive in 2021.
“Also know that early next year you will all get to hear a new Phife album,” they tweeted.
Happy 50th Phife Dawg!
To honor and celebrate his life and legacy, the estate on behalf of his family just released limited edition "Phife Forever" tees. You can pre-order until 12/1 🔗 in the bio
Also know that early next year you will all get to hear a new Phife album 👀 pic.twitter.com/BfXTb11Oq5
— ATCQ (@ATCQ) November 20, 2020
No other details surrounding the release has been confirmed yet.
The forthcoming project will be the second album in Phife Dawg’s solo discography. The rapper born Malik Taylor released his debut studio album, Ventilation: Da LP, in 2000. Phife was reportedly working on another solo record titled MUTTYmorPHosis before he died in 2016, after years of struggling with ill health and diabetes. The rapper had described the album as “basically my life story,” per BBC.
The same year Phife died, A Tribe Called Quest released their sixth and final album We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. It featured contributions from Anderson .Paak, Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Jack White, Kanye West and others.