Yesterday in New York City, Kanye West honored late Tribe Called West member Phife Dawg at his memorial service at the Apollo Theater. Ye’s speech was posted on the YouTube page of Eric Deep.
Phife Dawg passed away on March 22nd unexpectedly due to complications from his diabetes. He was 45.
During Ye’s speech, he reminisced on how he used to listen to A Tribe Called Quest on his way to study hall when he was growing up. He said the groups music “made the walk to study hall so short,” said the Chicago rapper. “How it meant everything. It is everything.”
In his speech, he also spoke on how music, unfortunately, doesn’t remain in the hands of the creators, “Music was stolen from us and corporatized.” In true Kanye fashion, he made us laugh by making fun of himself, “Anything I ever did wrong, blame Tip and Phife cause y’all raised me.”
Listen to Ye’s heartfelt speech below.