Before A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg passed away last month, he had been working on a new album called Give Thanks. “Nutshell,” a song from that album featuring a beat from the late J Dilla, is being released as a posthumous single, with 50% of the proceeds going to support the American Diabetes Association and the National Kidney Foundation. “Phife loved his fans, and was so excited for them to hear his new music,” his widow Deisha Taylor said in a statement. “I feel like he would have wanted it this way.” Phife’s longtime friend and manager Dion Liverpool added, “The single displays Phife’s legendary wordplay as he describes himself, in a nutshell, so to speak.” The track premiered on Ebro Darden’s Beats 1 show today, and you can hear it below.
UPDATE: Here’s the video.