Watch The Roots and D’Angelo perform a tribute to Phife Dawg

Last night, some of the giants of the hip-hop world paid their tributes to the late Phife Dawg, the talented rapper and founding member of A Tribe Called Quest who passed away last month due to complications from diabetes. The event, held at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, featured performances from The Roots and D’Angelo, as well as some moving speeches by Kanye West and Andre 3000. Continue reading →


Download “A Tribe Called Nice Things,” a new track from Chill Moody (opening for Childish Gambino next week)

Chill Moody | Photo by Kate Bracaglia

We’re big enthusiasts of A Tribe Called Quest here at The Key, so as you can imagine, we’re all kinds of geeking out over Chill Moody‘s latest single, “A Tribe Called Nice Things.” Premiered earlier today on hip-hop blog Ashley Outrageous, the song grabs an opening loop from “Scenario,” the middle section pulls from “Can I Kick It” (which, in its own brilliant way, pulled from Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side”) then we’re into a bit of “Award Tour,” closing out on “Electric Relaxation.” There might even be more that I’m not hearing off the top – producer JoeLogic has a lot going on, in the best way – the track is rich, awesome and enjoyable. If you’re hearing Tribe samples that we’re not, let us know in the comments – and catch Chill Moody in concert when he opens for Childish Gambino at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing next Tuesday, Aug. 7.