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New music from Phife Dawg’s posthumous album is out, and we’re not crying – you are

Next month marks one year since we lost A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg, who passed away at just 45 years old.

Last year, Phife’s wife Desha Head Taylor revealed that he had actually completed a full new solo album prior to his death. “His solo album will be out probably sometime during the first quarter of 2017,” she said.

It has now been revealed that the album will be titled Forever. In addition, a brand new single, ‘Wanna Dance’, has been released, making it his second posthumous release following the J Dilla-produced track ‘Nutshell’ which dropped just weeks after his passing. ‘Wanna Dance’ was produced by Mike City and features Detroit singer and frequent Phife collaborator Dwele. Listen below.

In the months following Phife’s death, tributes flowed from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, who lead a Sydney crowd in a “Phife Dawg! Phife Dawg!” chant last year. A street corner was renamed in his honour in Queens, while A Tribe Called Quest’s critically acclaimed album We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service came out eight months after his death.

Earlier this week A Tribe Called Quest bandmate Q Tip teamed up with Anderson .Paak and Busta Rhymes to deliver one of the most powerful performance at the 59th Grammy Awards.