Phife Dawg’s estate has shared a new posthumous song by the rapper, “Nutshell Pt 2,” which also features Busta Rhymes and Redman.
The track is a rework of Phife’s J Dilla-produced “Nutshell,” which arrived a month after the A Tribe Called Quest rapper’s death in 2016. “Nutshell Pt 2” is also the first offering from Phife’s forthcoming posthumous album, Forever.
A press release described the posthumous effort as a collection of “carefully assembled songs earmarked by his signature verbal fireworks, hilarious ad-libs, incisive social commentary and unexpectedly introspective confessions.” Forever serves as Phife’s second solo album, following 2000’s Ventilation: Da LP and is slated to arrive later this year via Smoking Needles/ AWAL.
“We are excited about the partnership with AWAL for Malik’s posthumous album release,” Phife’s family said in the release. “We give all glory to God for allowing Malik to accomplish everything his heart desired, including his solo music. He worked really hard to complete his album before he transitioned, and he was ready to share an album that was near and dear to his heart with his fans.”
Forever was first teased at the end of last year. The surviving members of Tribe had confirmed on social media that the album would arrive sometime in 2021.
Listen to “Nutshell Pt 2” below: