2016 was the dirt fucking worst. There’s no other way to put it. It seems almost absurd to talk about what a great year it was for music, in light of all of the terrible things that have happened, but music helped us cope a lot over the last twelve months. And serendipitously, a wealth of great records were released this year, as everything else seemed to go for broke. Here are twenty-five of them that allowed us to forget the cruel dystopia that has become our reality, if only for a little while. We needed both their comforts and catharsis, perhaps more than ever before.
We’re very sad to hear the news about the passing of Tribe Called Quest member Malik Isaac Taylor, best known as Phife Dawg. We loved Q Tip, but the Five Foot Assassin was always our favorite Native Tongue member. He was 45.
Rapper Phife Dawg, a member of rap pioneers A Tribe Called Quest, has died at the age of 45. The musician had been struggling with ill health and diabetes for several years, and received a kidney transplant from his wife in 2008. Born Malik Isaac Taylor in 1970, he co-founded the philosophically-focused rap group in 1985 with his classmates Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad… [Read more…]