Phife Dawg’s estate is continuing his legacy with the release of a new posthumous single, “French Kiss Deux.”
The track features Illa J, the younger brother of the late J Dilla, and production by Potatohead People. Over their smooth beat, the duo praise the beautiful ladies of Montreal. “Looking so correct, yeah / Finest thing walking through Montreal, Quebec / The boom next spot, 1738 shots / Bottles of Ciroc while My Man Roots Rocks,” Phife spits. “Yeah, just dance, just dance/ Ladies in Montreal, Fam de la France / Uh, shake that ass, shake that ass.”
“French Kiss Deux” is the latest single to emerge from Phife’s posthumous solo album, Forever. The album’s rollout officially began in February with “Nutshell Pt 2,” which featured the A Tribe Called Quest rapper as well as guests Redman and Busta Rhymes.
“It was such an honor to work on this track with Phife,” Illa J told HipHopDX. “It’s bittersweet. I really wish he was here to celebrate the release of this song. But I know he’s here in spirit, and I’ll never forget him spittin’ his verse over the phone to me. That will always be a special moment.”
A concrete release date for Forever hasn’t been revealed yet, but the album is expected to arrive later this year. For now, listen to “French Kiss Deux” below: